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Verizon Supports Science Summer Camp for Homeless Children

A $58,000 Verizon Foundation grant enabled approximately 120 Long Beach children from homeless families to enjoy a two-week summer science education camp hosted by CSULB’s Science Education Department.

“This is the fifth summer that we offered it and the fourth time that Verizon has paid for it,” said Laura Henriques, CSULB Science Education Department chair. “It’s one of the more exciting things that I do because it’s something that these kids would never have the opportunity to take part in,” she said.

Children age six through the eighth grade took classes at Long Beach’s Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center at the Villages at Cabrillo and at Cabrillo High School in the morning, taught by credentialed science teachers assisted by CSULB science education credential students, then spent the afternoon at the Fairfield/ Westside Boys and Girls Club.

Additionally, parents received community social services information and children received free dental screenings from the Smile Bright Foundation.

Henriques commended Mike Murray, Southern California Verizon Governmental Affairs Director, for supporting the program. In return, “It’s an honor for Verizon to be part of this science camp,” Murray said. “CSULB has taken upon itself to grow the camp as the need has grown. They’ve set a standard for seeing to it that every student should have access to the range of opportunities that education provides.”