Camp Susan Curtis to Bring 18 Children to UMaine Wednesday, Thursday

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — The University of Maine will host 18 youngsters from Camp Susan Curtis on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Thursday, Aug. 20.  During their time at UMaine, the students will experience what campus life is like and they will visit several UMaine facilities to learn more about academic opportunities.

The Portland-based Susan L. Curtis Foundation operates Camp Susan Curtis.  The foundation’s mission, described on its website, is “to help lift Maine children out of the cycle of poverty through outdoor experiential education.”  In addition, the camp features an annual Camp to Campus tour, where the students visit Maine institutions of higher education.  The foundation reports that 8 of every 10 youngsters participating in the program for at least four years has gone on to college.

A number of news coverage opportunities exist on Wednesday:

– 10 a.m., the group departs Buchanan Alumni House for campus tours

– 12 noon, lunch at the Class of 1944 Bears Dean in Memorial Union, with Rep. Emily Cain as guest speaker

– 1 p.m., Physics Road Show in Bennett Hall or a visual arts tour in 107 Lord Hall

– 2:30 p.m., School of Performing Arts tour in Class of 1944 Hall or an Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center tour

The group will stay overnight at UMaine on Wednesday.  After Thursday morning breakfast at Wells Central, they will enjoy a Jordan Planetarium show before departing.