Brandywine environmental center hosts first International Family Day

Daniel J. Gross, on May 13, 2013
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More than 160 Prince George’s students and parents were invited to the William S. Schmidt Center in Brandywine on May 11 for its first International Family Day.

Camp Schmidt is an outdoor environmental center used by Prince George’s County schools for educational activities.

According to event organizers, the event was the first of its kind in the county that targeted English as a second language families to learn about nature at the camp. Participants stayed overnight at Camp Schmidt to have hands-on experiences with conservation and stream ecology since it is part of the national fifth-grade curriculum.

Jennifer Love, a parent involvement specialist for the county school system’s international programs, said often times international students have not participated in overnight trips to Camp Schmidt because families have been unfamiliar with the visit and what it entails.

During the stay, families toured the camp, met leadership staff and heard from a panel of parents who have previously been at the camp. Attendees also took a wagon ride and participated in team-building and science-related activities, Love said.

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