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Longwood University Camp for Environmental Exploration (LUCEE) celebrates its 3rd year of summer camp

Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 10:12 am

The Longwood University Camp for Environmental Exploration (LUCEE) has ended its third year of summer camp. Over sixty (60) Westmoreland County Public School students participated in challenging and thought-provoking activities from July 16 – July 26.  For the past three years, students have come and explored and learned about environment and science. This year’s program utilized project-based learning (PBL) to focus on taking care of the environment.  On July 26th, the students presented their final projects to an audience consisting of educators, family members, school board members, and fellow campers.

Camp LUCEE is a collaborative effort between Longwood University, Hull Springs Farm, Westmoreland State Park, and Westmoreland County Public Schools. The program is staffed by Westmoreland County Public School teachers and Longwood University students.  Campers receive many perks such as tee-shirts, water bottles, breakfast and lunch, snacks, and daily transportation.  But, the primary emphasis is on authentic real world learning. Sherry Swinson, Longwood University’s Hull Springs Farm Executive Director and Cathy Rice, Deputy Superintendent of Westmoreland County Public Schools work hard to ensure students come away with an increased awareness and understanding of their place in the world.  The 2018 Camp LUCEE was distinguished by the contributions of educators such as WMLCPS teacher Andrea Cottom and Longwood University students, such as Taylor Banty of Colonial Heights, Virginia.  Mrs. Cottom and Miss Banty, along with the other camp instructors led the campers in exciting, hands-on, engaging activities designed around the driving question, “How can we be good stewards of our environment?”

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 8/1/18