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St. Paul students volunteer during summer

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 19, 2019 at 11:21 AM

BERLIN HEIGHTS — St. Paul High School students Christopher Kocher and Alexander Stine donated about 40 hours of their time as camp counselor “leadership interns” at a local Camp Invention program.

Hosted at Edison Middle School in Berlin Heights, the educational camp is a STEM summer program sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for kindergarteners through sixth grade (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math). There was a similar Camp Invention in Willard.

Kocher is the son of Michael and Pamela, while Stine’s parents are Roger and Denise.

As elementary students, they attended Camp Invention for many summers and have been invited back to be counselors every year, since graduating from being campers after sixth grade. St. Paul officials said it has been a great opportunity for Kocher and Stine to give back by working with the youth of the community.

Keri Zendejas, a preschool teacher at the Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center, taught the module on “DIY Orbots.” The campers learned how the handheld robots and simple machines work.

“They (had) to figure out how to build a bridge for their Orbot to get up and over the bridge or under a tunnel,” Zendejas said. “We had to have them choreograph a dance with another Orbot.”

Kocher and Stine weren’t the only St. Paul students who have volunteered this summer.

Sophomore Dyllan Knoll, the daughter of Troy and Courtney, volunteered at 4-H Camp Conger in North Fairfield. She assisted with archery and shooting safety classes presented by the Fitchville Conservation League. The campers live-fired .22-caliber rifles at stationary targets and shot guns at clay pigeons.

During the first week of summer break, sophomores Stephen McHale (son of Chris and Christine) and Luke and Zach Meyer (sons of Brooke and Andrew) volunteered in Sandusky by painting a house and planting flowers for the Huron St. Peter's Youth Elect Service. 

Also, sophomores Jordan Fulton (daughter of James and Jennifer), Ava Caizzo (daughter of Joseph and Pamela), Tyler Perkins (son of Peter and Jennifer) and Isaac Romell (son of Carl and Tiffanyl) were volunteers at the Safety Town held by the Norwalk Police Department.

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