LIMA — See Me Now, a program started by Phil Morton to help young people learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, wrapped up its summer session Saturday with a fun day of activities at McLean Teddy Bear Park.
The kids were able to go fishing, take a nature hike scavenger hunt as well as try their abilities to stay upright on stilts.
“Throughout the summer, one of the things that we’ve done is that we’ve partnered with 4-H to LACNIP to Water and Soil to Johnny Appleseed here and various businesses to basically bring a STEM program to these kids,” said Morton.
So who is the program geared for?
“Not only do we look for the enrichment kids but we’re also looking for kids who also struggle to come together. Diversity is important. It’s been a successful summer, and I thank each and every one of those organizations,” he said.
Morton is hoping what was started here continues beyond the summer.
“We’ve done a lot of extraordinary things with these kids, and it’s brought a new light to them when it comes to educating them and improving that achievement gap. One of the things I’m hoping that happens is that they continue, as a community, to basically partner with us, move in with us and continue to fellowship and build this program up,” he said.
So why is it important to expose these young people to STEM?
“These are the kids that are going to come back to our communities and actually maintain the high expectations that we do have as a community, to keep this community going. I’m a firm believer that we have to pass on that technology, what it is we know, to those kids,” said Morton.
Chabanique Moore, has her two sons enrolled in the program and she see’s the value in See Me Now, not just for teaching them STEM concepts.
“I’m a single parent, so there’s not any role model, no male influences in the home, so it was kind of just something for them to do with a positive role model, going out and doing positive things. When school is out, they’ve got educational programs that are still going on so they wouldn’t fall behind when the following year started up. I keep them fresh on that kind of stuff, and then with sports, he takes them out and they practice and kind of learn the rules and respect. They just teach them a lot of what they need to know to be young men,” said Moore.
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