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Environmental Volunteers Teach Children to be Stewards of the Earth

Thursday, 06.05.2008 / 12:30 PM / Sharks Foundation
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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SAN JOSE, Calif -- While the hockey season may have come to an end for the San Jose Sharks, giving back to the community continues. On June 3, the Sharks Foundation presented a check for $7,335 to Environmental Volunteers.

The local nonprofit organization promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education and the Foundation grant will provide scholarships to low-income students in Santa Clara County to off-set the costs associated with this science discovery program.

“No issue has become so prominent in the past few years as protecting our environment and we are thrilled to support EV’s efforts to promote conservation among youth,” said Foundation Manager Laura Johnston. “Hopefully their efforts today will have a deep impact on our community long into the future.”

With a focus on low-income public schools, EV offers a concentrated educational program directly in the classroom, conducts follow-up field study explorations in local nature preserves and, supplies teachers with supplementary resources to help them meet the state science curriculum standards.

“Through our partnership with the Sharks Foundation, over 1,700 low-income students will receive science and environmental education programs,” said Executive Director Allan Berkowitz. “They will taste, touch, and smell their way to an appreciation of our local ecosystems.”

Environmental Volunteers believes all children deserve to learn about the natural world through personal exploration, so they can become responsible caretakers of the earth. It is their philosophy that what children come to know and understand, they are more likely to appreciate and love. And what they love, they will protect.

For those Sharks fans who may wish to get involved with Environmental Volunteers, there are several ways to assist:
  • Become a volunteer. Besides leading education sessions, volunteers are needed to staff the Baylands Interpretive Center on the weekends and help with office work and volunteer recruitment.
  • Join their new Membership Program which will offer exciting benefits and programs for the entire family and keep you connected to the EV community. All donors and volunteers paying dues will be eligible for membership benefits when the program launches.
  • Support the program financially. Donations are welcomed at any level from individuals, organizations, companies or foundations.
For more information on Environmental Volunteers, to volunteer or make a donation, please visit www.evols.org.
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