To the editor:
"No Child Left On Shore" is an experiential Environmental Education outreach initiative specifically designed to provide disadvantaged and economically challenged youth the opportunity to learn about and experience the wonders of our marine environment through water borne field trips. This outreach initiative is a cooperative endeavor of Captiva Cruises and The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.
Recently, 30 middle and high school students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation's Career Development and Readiness program took part in a "No Child Left On Shore" field trip to Cayo Costa State Park. The Immokalee Foundation, through education empowerment and hope, builds pathways to success for the children of Immokalee.
For the majority of the kids who participated in the cruise to Cayo Costa it was their first outing on the water. At one point when a group of dolphins came very close to the boat there was sheer delight at seeing dolphins in the wild for the first time and the anticipation of where they would surface for their next breath; an experience that is simply invaluable. Sea stars and snails were held and observed for the first time and, of course, the opportunity to have fun on the beach and in the ocean water will be a memorable experience for these kids.
Additional information about SCCF's and Captiva Cruises' "No Child Left On Shore" Environmental Education Outreach Project including inquiring about sponsorship opportunities, may be obtained by contacting Kristie Anders, SCCF Education Director, at 472-2329.