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Domus Sets Sail with SoundWaters

Campers experience schooner on the Sound

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Stamford, CT | Added on July 29, 2013 At 04:10 PM

Monday, SoundWaters set sail with 25 Stamford campers from Domus.

Domus is a Stamford nonprofit, serving close to 1,000 vulnerable youth.  

"We've partnered with Domus for years, year-round multi-week day programs.  So to really see to them out there and learning, it's, we're supporting and amplifying what they're learning during the school year," said Alisha Mullet, the director of education at SoundWaters.  

Mullet says the students will learn about marine animals in Long Island Sound, and the importance of protecting its waters.

"They're also going to raise the sails.  So they're going to do teamwork activities and it's an all educational learning-by-doing unique program," said Mullet.  

But the students wouldn't be on the ship today, without the help of a local foundation.  When Domus' full-day camp was at risk of not running this year, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation stepped in.  

"So the foundation made a decision to fund the camp in its entirety," said Jeanne Melino, the foundation's director of philanthropy and community relations.  

Now enabling 150 children from low-income homes in Stamford to enjoy summer camp at no cost -- and setting sail for an afternoon.  

"It doesn't get better than this.  To be able to watch these kids.  Some of them, they said ten of them have never been on a boat before, so it's just, it's what it's all about," said Melino.  

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