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For Immediate Release                                               Media Contacts:
May 1, 2014                                        Carol Wright, Kiwanis Flagler Sunrise 561.659.4370                          Belen Woods, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 561.370.7723

West Palm Beach — Olivia Salazar and Christopher Garcia, students from Palmetto Elementary School’s 5th grade gifted class, have been selected to attend the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Summer Camp. Olivia and Christopher each will attend one week at the SFSCA’s summer camp program.

Science and reading grades were among the factors the school considered. Ray Martinez, Palmetto science teacher and teacher of the gifted 3-5 classes, reading and writing teacher Cheryl Geller and science and math teacher Shelley Waters, selected Olivia and Christopher.

Kiwanis Club of Flagler Sunrise is sponsoring the summer camp event at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The Florida Kiwanis Foundation awarded KFS a $500 grant to fund the cost. The Kiwanis Foundation awards grants for projects that enhance the lives of young children in accordance with the Kiwanis mission “to improve the world one child and one community at a time.”

“This is the first year our club has sponsored students at Palmetto to attend the summer camp at the Science Center, and we hope to make it an annual event,” said KFS President Marti Kula.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has been a long time partner with the Kiwanis Club of Flagler Sunrise and we are excited to participate in this wonderful program,” said Kate Arrizza, Science Center COO. “It is our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ and this partnership with KFS encourages children of all ages to pursue careers in engineering, science and math.”

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (SFSCA) is to open every mind to science through the strategic programming of interactive exhibits, engaging community-based camps and events. Founded in 1959 and formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum, the new SFSCA features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, Conservation Research Station, Florida Exhibit Hall and an interactive Everglades Exhibit showcasing the richly diverse ecosystem that the Everglades water-environment supports. The South Florida Science Center is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. To learn more visit sfsciencecenter.org or call (561) 832-1988.