This fall, Schuylkill River Heritage Area Education Coordinator Sarah Crothers added a new dimension to the Explorers program, by partnering with Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos, Inc.(CCLU). CCLU is a Pottstown-based grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Latinos children, youth and parents.
Throughout October, Sarah led five weekly after-school sessions aimed at children and seniors that linked CCLU's cultural goals with the Schuylkill Explorer's environmental theme. The program, titled Fuentes y Puentes (Sources & Bridges) invited children and seniors of all backgrounds to join together for a series of environmental and Hispanic cultural activities.
Food was the theme for this week, so the children and seniors gathered one final time for Latino themed snacks. Then, they watched a video put together by STRIVE Initiative from summer CCLU activities before, sadly, saying goodbye.
Overall, the program was a great success that provided children and seniors an opportunity to interact through meaningful activities that fostered an appreciation for the environment and Latino culture. Below is a letter written by one of the children to Education Coordinator Sarah Crothers.