EASI gets donation from Modern Woodmen of America

Modern Woodmen of America's Anette Hughes presents a check for $1,500 to Paul Anger, chair of the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative, at Mike's Roughrider Grill in Pima during the local Modern Woodmen's Family Time event. - Contributed Photo

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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 Girls Only STEM Day Camp, where young women in seventh 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 sixth to ninth grade three-day Science Camp held at EAC’s Discovery Park, with a wide variety of fun lessons and activities; and the four-day seventh to 10th grade Environmental STEM Camp previously hosted in Payson and Mayer. For 2024, the Environmental STEM Camp is anticipated to take place on Mount Graham at Camp Columbine.

EASI is a collaboration of local educators and professionals who have a united goal of inspiring students toward upper level courses and careers in the sciences, and to improve 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 youths 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.