BAY HEAD — The Save Barnegat Bay organization is returning to Bay Head this summer for their Summer STEM program for area students from ages five through 15.
“The whole community came together to make it possible for us to run this program, and it was successful and everyone enjoyed it and it went well,” said Graceann Taylor, Education and Outreach Coordinator. “This year we will be running it again and similarly it is the same as far as structure.”
According to Executive Director of the Save Barnegat Bay Britta Forsberg, The Summer STEM program started last year after Save Barnegat Bay received a donation of around $60,000 from an anonymous, sunsetting non-profit organization. The hope for the funds was to create a program for students in the Bay Head area that would help bridge the education gap between the school year and the summer months while students engage in interesting and fun lessons and activities. These funds also allow all interested students to attend the program for free.
“The idea was that it was going to be based in the northern Barnegat Bay community so we picked towns in that corner,” said Ms. Taylor. “Bay Head, Mantoloking and Point Pleasant Beach are towns we intended to serve the students in. That included bay head elementary school students even if they were not residents of that community.”
“It is a free program which is a wonderful opportunity for everyone,” said Barnegat Bay Executive Director Britta Forsberg. “A lot of the opportunities at the shore during the summer time are expensive and therefore cost prohibitive to some families.”
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