Susan Kelter: Community Relations & Volunteer Manager at Lift for Life Academy

“The students absolutely love this program. They are being exposed to a variety of activities that are enhancing their knowledge about the outdoors.”

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Susan Kelter with two students

“Thank you for your hard work and the hard work of your program leaders. Gateway to the Great Outdoors has been an excellent program for our inner-city 6th grade students. I am the Community Relations and Volunteer Manager at Lift For Life Academy, the first Charter School in St. Louis Missouri. I have proactively sought out programs in the St. Louis community that would have a positive impact on our students, be engaging, uplifting, and help expand their knowledge of the world.

Our kids need exposure to diverse programs that will educate them about our community and options that are available for them to enjoy. Also, it is imperative that they have fun while they are learning as that helps keep the students engaged. I had to get my administration to agree to this program coming to LFLA.

The Washington University students had to find transportation, money for after school snacks, develop a team of people that would commit to the program and then deliver the program. You and your group have been fantastic and a pleasure to work with. The students absolutely love this program. They are being exposed to a variety of activities that are enhancing their knowledge about the outdoors.

Our students had never put up tents, cooked food in the outdoors, made tie-dyed shirts, or learned about certain Missouri foliage. The kids literally run to the staff that are gathering them up to come to the program. I am excited to see what the next semester syllabus will be.”