I started working with Friends of the Rouge in 2012, shortly after moving back to Metro-Detroit after spending my college years on the west side of the state. I wanted to give back to the community I grew up in, and am so proud to be a part of Friends of the Rouge.
I began as an intern with the incredible Rouge Rescue program, one that has been around since the inception of Friends of the Rouge and reaches thousands of volunteers each year. I joined the Rouge Education Project later that year. Now, I faciliate a program that reaches thousands of Metro-Detroit youth each year - working with dedicated teachers to educate students about their hometown river, the Rouge. Through our program, students are engaged in hands-on scientific fieldwork by conducting tests on Rouge River water to assess its health. I can think of no better way to connect children to their local environment than by bringing them to its banks, and I find this work incredibly rewarding.
Urban students often lack the exposure to nature that fosters a sense of ownership of their local environment. Environmental education is rarely found in the underserved populations of Rouge River communities, and our program provides the training and resources for schools to conduct place-based education at very little cost to our needy schools, due to the generous contributions of our sponsors, grantors, and donors.
Participation in the Rouge Education Project will have a lasting impact as children mature into decision-making residents of any watershed. Investing in childhood education and, specifically, the Rouge Education Project, encourages students to see they will make a difference and directly impact the environment and local community.
I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Rouge because the Rouge River needs your help. Thank you in advance for improving your community with your donation.
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