FirstEnergy Foundation sponsors Institute watershed science education

West Penn Power’s Manager of Operations Service, Jay Healy, left, presented a check for $5,000 to Dave Graff, The Institute’s watershed science coordinator, along with Shippensburg University intern Will Laing, who is pursuing a degree in Earth Science. PROVIDED PHOTO

A recent sponsorship gift of $5,000 from FirstEnergy Foundation will support The Institute’s ongoing watershed science education activities.

“These important funds will supply our WaterStriders (a stream study group of middle and high school students), high school and university interns, and intermediate grade school students with vital supplies and equipment as they engage in watershed science studies experiences,” said Tracy Holliday, The Institute’s executive director.

“We deeply value our longtime partnership with FirstEnergy as we strive to serve the community with experiences that educate, inspire and unite people around shared interests,” Holliday said.

Education is the cornerstone of The Institute’s mission. In addition to professionally supervised watershed science activities, The Institute offers curriculum-based programming for school students in grades K–7, community learning programs for all ages, citizen science opportunities, and a full roster of community events.

For more information call The Institute at 717-762-0373 or visit

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