Lear­ning science, ha­ving fun

Le Magazine de l'Île-des-Soeurs - - LA UNE - DOMENIC FAZIOLI Domenic.fazioli@tc.tc

SCIENCE. Since the be­gin­ning of summer, a blue tent is set up in Mon­sei­gneur J.A. Ri­chard Park in Ver­dun. It’s been a ga­the­ring spot for young people loo­king to par­ti­ci­pate in some free arts and crafts fun.

The work­shops have been co­or­di­na­ted by Col­lec­tive Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (CCS), a non­pro­fit group ba­sed in the bo­rough.

Or­ga­ni­zers say it’s more than sca­ven­ger hunts and science ex­pe­ri­ments. The pro­gram has been de­si­gned to help re­duce youth iso­la­tion.

«For the kids who are not at summer camp, it gives them so­me­thing to look for­ward eve­ry day,» says CCS pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Stef­fy Ve­lo­sa. «We’re pur­po­se­ly tar­ge­ting a low-in­come area of the ci­ty. These kids tell us they stay at home a lot be­cause they don’t have much to do. Co­ming here they get some fresh air and they al­so get to make friends. It’s awe­some.»

PI­LOT PRO­JECT

This is the first summer for «Art and Science in the Park». The pi­lot pro­ject is thanks to fun­ding from the Ca­na­da Summer Jobs ini­tia­tive and the Ci­ty of Mon­treal. The group hopes to ex­pand the pro­gram to other Mon­treal parks next summer.

Ve­lo­sa says more than a thou­sand young people have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the group’s ac­ti­vi­ties this summer.

«Art and Science in the Park» runs un­til Au­gust 24. It’s open week­days from 10:30am to 3pm.

(Pho­tos: Cour­te­sy)

This summer, young­sters in Ver­dun have been ta­king ad­van­tage of free art and science ac­ti­vi­ties at Mon­sei­gneur J.A. Ri­chard Park.

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