RBFF grant helps underprivileged youth

Thanks to grant funds provided by The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), IGFA was able to reach 634 underprivileged students from Banyan Elementary school in Sunrise, Florida, USA. Banyan is a Title 1 school, which means more than half of the students are from low income families and are not able to afford educational field trips like those offered by IGFA. The math and science coach from Banyan, Betty Warren, wrote this about our educational programs and the instructors:

“IGFA’s programs have made science come alive for our students! They know how to capture interest and keep students actively engaged and excited about learning!”

With the support of the RBFF funds, IGFA will be able to reach over 5,000 Broward and Dade County students with no cost to the students. These children will be able to experience our many interactive labs like the Sharks lab, where students learn why these prehistoric animals are still top predators in the world oceans. Students get to explore a shark’s acute sense of smell, their sandpaper-like skin, their endless rows of teeth, and even their ability to detect hidden prey by sensing the electrical current created by an animal’s heartbeat. The thank you letters pictured here are a great example of the need for more programs like this and the impact we can have in the lives of our youth. These young students can become the environmental stewards of the future; they only need the opportunity and resources to explore their environment.