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Your gift will provide Five Rivers MetroParks long-term financial stability ensuring great parks for future generations

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A new Access to Nature Scholarship Fund developed by the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation will provide financial assistance for qualified children who want to participate in fee-based MetroParks camps. Fundraising for the scholarship program began on Nov. 29, 2016, and will focus on collecting funds from individual donors to cover fees for summer camp programming in 2017.

According to Oxford Learning, there is a substantial need for keeping children’s brains active and engaged during the summer. During summer break, students lose the equivalent of one month of classroom competency. This learning loss — commonly referred to as the summer slide — disproportionally affects children in lower-income households. The summer slide can be combated by keeping children’s brains actively engaged during the summer months, and camps are a great opportunity for students to have fun while exercising their minds.

“Spending time outside makes children happier, healthier and smarter,” said Doug Horvath, Five Rivers MetroParks education coordinator.

Children who play outside are more fit, have better critical thinking skills and score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Five Rivers MetroParks offers a variety of summer camps that encourage children to explore nature and learn new skills. Funds will be collected to support scholarships for summer camps throughout the holiday season.

Every Dollar Counts

Protecting the region’s natural heritage and providing outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature is the mission of Five Rivers MetroParks. You can support the mission and your favorite MetroPark by making a donation to the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible gifts that are used to support programs and special projects.

Planned Giving

Leave a lasting legacy with a planned gift. Your gift will provide Five Rivers MetroParks long-term financial stability ensuring great parks for future generations.

By including us in your long-range charitable plans, you may find that the tax advantages increase the value of your estate, enabling you to do more than you ever dreamed possible.

We encourage you to speak to your financial adviser or estate attorney about planned giving options.

If you have included us in your long-range plans, please let us know so that we can personally thank you and better plan for the future.

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