GLADE gives students a chance to learn in camp setting

This week’s CFO Community column is about a day we spent last week with GLADE: Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems. The program, founded in 2009, is designed to immerse high school students with a passion for science in conservation projects. The week-long camp is held every summer at Missouri State University’s Drury-Mincy field station near Bull Shoals Lake.

GLADE is also intended to hone students’ leadership and communications skills, and teach them to work collaboratively and value input and contributions of all kinds, from all kinds of people. The students, who come from across the Ozarks, are recommended for the program by their teachers with the cost of the camp covered by GLADE’s fundraising efforts. In 2013, a $9,250 Coover Place-Based Education grant went to help area teachers identify and recruit talented students for the GLADE program.

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The CFO’s column runs weekly in rotation with other organizations on the News-Leader’s Community page, which is published daily. We appreciate this opportunity to share our work with News-Leader readers across the region.

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