Eastern Arizona Science Initiative receives matching funds donation from Modern Woodmen of America

Contributed Photo: Modern Woodmen of America’s Anette Hughes, left, presents a check for $1,500 to Paul Anger, Chair of the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) at Mike’s Roughrider Grill in Pima during the local Modern Woodmen’s “Family Time” event.

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PIMA – The Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) was the recipient of $1,500 from the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial of Graham County.  The funds are from Modern Woodmen’s “Community Impact” program that matches funds raised by individual chapters for community members or local organizations.

The $1,500 will be earmarked to be used towards the annual EASI Summer Science Camps.  EASI offers three main Camp events; the G. O. (Girls Only) STEM Day Camp, where young women in 7th to 10th grade participate in hands-on activities and lessons shared by local female professionals to build interest in going into STEM-related classes and careers.  The 6th – 9th grade three-day Science Camp held at EAC’s Discovery Park with a wide variety of fun lessons and activities, and the four-day (overnight) 7th-10th grade Environmental STEM Camp previously hosted in Payson and Mayer, Arizona, but we are anticipating sharing the 2024 camp locally on Mt. Graham at “Camp Columbine”.

EASI is a collaboration of local educators and professionals who have a united goal of inspiring students towards upper-level courses and careers in the sciences and improving STEM education in Eastern Arizona.

Paul Anger, chair of EASI, expressed his appreciation to Anette and Shane Hughes, and everyone with the Modern Woodmen Fraternity of Graham County, for the generous donation.

“We sincerely appreciate your assistance to continue extracurricular STEM opportunities for Graham and Greenlee County youth,” Anger said. “Our youth are truly our greatest natural resource, and the better we prepare them now, the more they can do to improve our world as adults.”

For more information on EASI and the EASI Summer Science Camps and activities contact Anger at paul.anger@eac.edu.