As part of Stewart’s Shops’ long history of support for community programs from the annual Holiday Match project, the company has awarded a $1,000 grant for the Floating Classroom program.
“The nickels, dimes and quarters that people donated to the Stewart’s Holiday Match program last year are coming back to help protect Lake George and educate a new generation of stewards,” said Kristen Wilde, LGA Director of Education. “We are very thankful to Stewart’s Shops for the award.”
The Lake George Association’s signature education program, the Floating Classroom, gives hands-on science experience to participants out on the Lake. The program helps participants understand Lake George conditions: Its exceptional water quality, its use as a source of drinking water, and some of the ways we can protect it and conserve it for the future.
“The LGA Floating Classroom program is a one-of-a-kind program that supports STEM education,” said Lindsey Kenna, the LGA’s Educator. “In two hours, we touch on Lake George ecology, geological history, animals and fish, lake protection efforts, concerns over stormwater and salt, and much more. It is a full program that supports our focus that everyone has a part to play in protecting this critically important water body.”
The Lake George Association’s Education and Outreach activities provide educational resources to schools inside and outside the watershed area, offering in-school STEM programs (for elementary, middle and high schools), after school programs and activities that meet New York State’s curriculum. The Floating Classroom program operates from May through October each year and allows thousands of students first-hand understanding of conservation issues and scientific understanding about the world around them.
The Lake George Association’s actions support water quality protection, scientific monitoring activities, lake friendly living programs as well as education and outreach opportunities, in order to protect Lake George’s water quality now and in the future.
The Stewart’s Holiday Match Program takes money donated at the store by customers between Thanksgiving and Christmas and matches it dollar for dollar with money from the company. For the 2019 campaign, Stewart’s had $2.06 million to donate, and has allocated more than $28 million since the program’s inception.
Fitting in perfectly with the Floating Classroom program, Holiday Match funding is to be used directly for children under 18 in the area where the money was raised. In the Lake George watershed, Stewart’s Shops are located in Lake George Village, state Route 149 in Queensbury, and Bolton. Just outside the watershed, Stewart’s has stores in Ticonderoga, the Lake George Outlets, Fort Ann and Whitehall.
More information on the annual Holiday Match can be found at: https://www.stewartsshops.com/community-giving/
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed, and is used to support and fund projects and programs that protect Lake George water quality now and in the future.