Edison Garden Camp


"Edison is a great community. I have a sense of belonging here."

- Melissa Strong, Teacher at Edison

Partnerships

Many organizations partner with Edison Environmental Science Academy to ensure our success. Some of our many partners include: Kalamazoo Communities in School, First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, Edison School-based Health Center, Boys and Girls Club of America, Edison Neighborhood Association, The Kalamazoo Promise, Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Pfizer, and the City of Kalamazoo.

Pretty Lake Vacation Camp

During the 2008-09 school year, Edison Environmental Science Academy (EESA) began a partnership with Pretty Lake Vacation Camp (PLVC). The purpose of this partnership is to develop the programs and curriculum that will attract students throughout the school year in order to develop year-round programming and to create an outdoor learning center to support Edison's magnet program. EESA and PLVC staff work together to develop these programs so that they will be in place after the federal magnet grant has ended.

Pfizer Science Club

In cooperation with a group of about 20 scientists from Pfizer, Edison Environmental Science Academy has developed a science club for 5th and 6th grade students. Lead by Dominic Pullo, a research scientist at Pfizer, the science club meets every other week throughout the year. The purpose of the science club is to demystify the work of scientists and increase interest for Edison students who are considering a career in science.

Kalamazoo Communities In Schools

Kalamazoo Communities in Schools (KCIS) brings together major service providers, school officials, community volunteers, business leaders, and local citizens. KCIS focuses on helping students physically, emotionally, and academically succeed in school and in life.

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First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo

The First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo has donated over a decade of volunteerism: Everything from tutoring to birthday cupcakes. The promise of the First Presbyterian Church continues to strengthen our students' characters daily.

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Edison School-based Health Center

The Health Center provides primary and acute medical care, health education, and mental health counseling to Edison Environmental Science Academy students, their siblings, and members of our Boys and Girls Club. The health center staffs a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a pediatrician, and a mental health counselor. Please contact us for more information.

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The Boys and Girls Club of America

The Boys and Girls Club of America supports our students with after-school programs at Edison Environmental Science Academy. These programs offer education, mentoring, arts, and recreational activities. The Boys and Girls Club of America proudly provides just what children need: "A sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."

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Edison Neighborhood Association

The Edison Neighborhood Association represents the southeast area of downtown Kalamazoo, known as the Edison Neighborhood. This area is home to over 9,000 residents. The Edison Neighborhood Association oversees notable sites, including the Kalamazoo Farmers Market and many historically significant structures. The Washington Square Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library and the Portage Street Fire Station are two of the most recognized, while many homes in the neighborhood are also historic. Public parks are also significant features of the neighborhood including Upjohn Park (the location of Kik Pool and the Able-to-Play playground), Mayors' Riverfront Park (home to the Kalamazoo Kings baseball team and the Kalamazoo Kingdom soccer team), Reed Street Park, and Southside (formerly Peter Pan) Park.

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The Kalamazoo Promise

The Kalamazoo Promise is a scholarship offered to every Kalamazoo Public School student. The qualifications for this scholarship are extremely simple and the scholarship itself is even more generous. The Kalamazoo Promise is much more than a scholarship program; it is a catalyst to making the Greater Kalamazoo Community an even greater community. It is inspiring Kalamazoo Public School students, families, teachers and staff. It is re-energizing the citizens of Kalamazoo and the Greater Kalamazoo community.

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The City of Kalamazoo

The City of Kalamazoo is a great place to live and work. The area offers great schools, reputable universities, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, affordable housing, many parks, lakes and golf courses. The City of Kalamazoo also offers many of the cultural attractions that you would find in larger metropolitan areas, including art, theatre, dance, music, restaurants and much more.

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