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~~~ LMRD 723 ~~~ May 7, 2019 ~~~
Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
~Voice of the Lower Mississippi River~



In less than one month (June 3-7, 2019) the 2nd-time-ever Summer Camp on the Mississippi River will take place -- but we need your help making this possible for ALL KIDS!

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We are more than halfway to our goal... If you haven't yet, go to our Fundraising Platform and feel the excitement.

https://www.gofundme.com/mississippi-river-summer-youth-programming


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Fundraiser May 23: John Mohead performing at Hopson Commisary (Clarksdale, MS) with live "May the River be With You" podcast by Mark River!



SPONSORSHIPS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CAMP 2019




Dear Friends of the River,

Last summer LMRF, tried something that had never done before. We invited a group of students from the Mississippi Delta to join us on a five-day leadership camp on the Mississippi River.


Every year, groups come from all over the country to canoe with Quapaw Canoe Company on the Mississippi River but the kids who live in the Delta, only miles away from the Mississippi, have often never even seen the river.


We decided to change that. We raised money and recruited students from Helena and Clarksdale to join us for a five-day leadership camp on the big river.

There are not a lot of opportunities for kids in the Delta to get outside or participate in outdoor recreation. The students who signed up had never been camping before, they had never been canoeing and some didn't even know how to swim. This trip introduced them to all of it and created an amazing group of ambassadors and advocates for the river.


Last year, we struggled to recruit students. Parents and kids both thought we were crazy. Now that the first group of kids blazed the way we have a ton of interested students for this year! In order to make sure we can serve them all we need your help!!




Can you help sponsor a student for one of our summer programs?


$750 sponsors a student for the five-day Mississippi River Summer Leadership Camp. This camp is for high school students who live in the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta.


We also offer programs for younger students all summer long!


$100 sponsors a student for a week-long Day Camp


$50 sponsors a student for one of our 1-day community programs


Help us continue to offer unique opportunities for kids in the Delta to experience the river that runs through their backyard!

Link to video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l92_Z5_tCVM



Link to Go Fund Me:
https://www.gofundme.com/mississippi-river-summer-youth-programming

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Send check made out to:

Lower Mississippi River Foundation
107 Perry Street
Helena, AR. 72342

For more information contact:

Shannon McMulkin, Director
Lower Mississippi River Foundation
870-753-8954
smcmulkin@gmail.com

For more description, go to:

Lower Mississippi River Foundation
lowermsfoundation.org

Certified Charity:

The Lower Mississippi River Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization; your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Photos From Last Year's Camp:


Getting Comfortable with the River

June, 2018: First-time-ever Summer Camp on Lower Mississippi River!


Pushing Off from Camp 1


Exploration of Wetlands and Back Channels (Mellwood Lake)


Swim Lessons


Putting Up Tent Skills


Animal Encounters and Identification (Spiny Soft Shell)


Cooking and Food Prep Skills


Canoe Rescue Workshop


Fire-Making Workshop


Teamwork: Paddling Together in Harmony


Time for Personal Reflection


Immersion in the incredibly vast and prolific floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River Valley


Becoming Comfortable with Nature

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