CenturyLink to Sponsor Holiday STEM Camp for Children in Foster Care

Media Advisory: December 21, 2012

Contact: Nicole Stookey, Northwest Region Communications Director, (850) 509-2675

CenturyLink to Sponsor Holiday STEM Camp for Children in Foster Care
Fourteen children will get "out of this world" learning experience at Challenger Learning Center

WHO: Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale, CenturyLink Market Development Manager Carmen Braswell Butler, children in foster care attending the camp, foster parents and representatives from Challenger Learning Center

WHAT: Through a partnership with the Department of Children and Families and Florida’s Foundation, CenturyLink will sponsor a unique science, technology engineering and math (STEM) experience for 14 foster children in grades K-8 from Jackson, Leon and Wakulla counties during the winter school break. The daylong camp, held at Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, is designed to promote enthusiasm in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities for the children. Campers will participate in space mission simulations and learn about space during amazing planetarium shows and 3D IMAX movies.

Gift cards will be provided to each foster family, which they can use to enjoy some much deserved “me time” while the kids are busy at camp. After camp, CenturyLink will give each child an age-appropriate high-tech gadget to help them learn STEM fields through educational games and applications and interactive reading. 

The CenturyLink STEM Camp will open with remarks from DCF Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale and CenturyLink Market Development Manager Carmen Braswell Butler. DCF will present a plaque of appreciation to CenturyLink for their commitment to supporting children in foster care and foster families. Media is invited to attend the opening from 9-9:30 a.m.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 9-9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Challenger Learning Center, 200 S. Duval St., Tallahassee

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