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September 18, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

‘Kids Camp Wild’ fulfills SRU student’s dream

Jenna DePizzo, a Slippery Rock University early childhood education major from Cortland, Ohio, spent part of her summer making a dream come true when she directed a four-day “Kids Camp Wild” at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in her hometown.

DePizzo is certified by both the Ohio and Pennsylvania Division of Wildlife’s Growing Up! Wild and Project Wild programs.

The camp program started in 2011 with 27 campers and in three years has doubled its size to this year’s 59, according to a recent story in The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio’s, daily newspaper. Twenty-three volunteers, including high school counselors, a 4-H Extension educator and parent volunteers worked with her on the camp, DePizzo said.

Among the week’s presenters were a beekeeper, a fireman and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Each day featured learning goals, including the five senses: plant life, wet water and bats and bees. Campers also explored nature, math and science. DePizzo said she emphasizes the importance of giving to the community.

The Trumbull County [Ohio] 4-H advisory committee and the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored the program.

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