While many children took April Vacation off from learning, GCRI members Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Bank Newport made sure that more than 50 Rhode Island elementary students were engaged in “hands on, minds on” learning as part of GCRI’s first annual April Vacation Volunteer Initiative.

Teams of ten volunteers from Blue Cross and Bank Newport each spent a morning challenging children at South Providence Neighborhood Ministries and the Bristol Warren Child Opportunity Zone program (COZ) to use their problem solving and critical thinking skills to solve engineering challenges.  Both sessions were full of energy, excitement and experimentation, as the corporate volunteers and their young teams built gumdrop bridges and pompom launchers, all in the name of science.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 April Vacation Volunteer Initiative, please contact GCRI.