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Local Children's Camp Gets a Treat: FGCU President Merwin to Visit on Monday
7/6/2001

FORT MYERS, FL – For Florida Gulf Coast University President William C. Merwin, age doesn’t make a difference when it comes to learning. President Merwin will share with about 20 campers at noon this Monday, July 9, during Stoneybrook Country Club’s Children’s Camp. The camp focuses on character education with components of community service, sports, music, arts and diversity.

The theme for the week is “Celebrating Our Differences.” Through service projects such as developing a “new kid” survival kit for Stoneybrook, collecting and donating blankets for the homeless, and developing a pet locater network, the children will learn the importance of giving back to the community.

During his half-hour presentation, President Merwin will read a story from Tellable Cracker Tales by Annette J. Bruce to the group ranging in age from five to 11 years old. The preface to the book says it “offers all who enjoy local Floridian color hours of entertaining reading. The narratives in this book contain historical facts and engaging fictions artfully woven together with lessons for life, messages about social values, and ample measures of wit.”

Annette Bruce grew up in a large family where daily stories were the norm. A native of Eustis, Fla., she cofounded the Florida Storytellers Guild, the Florida Storytelling Camp, and the Cracker Storytelling Festival. During the week, other speakers will include a musician dealing with musical differences and two Miracle baseball players discussing diversity. Various activities are planned to help orient the children with differences in themselves, including left and right brain learning styles, and able bodied/disabled bodied issues.

FGCU is an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities. Through such community and diversity awareness programs, FGCU is helping to mold tomorrow’s leaders.

For more information, contact Deanna Burgess at (941) 590-7341 or dburgess@fgcu.edu.

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