Niagara Gazette — Cowart said Honeywell, a global manufacturing and technology company, is funding the children's series as what she calls an "impressive pilot program" which she hopes to grow into a two-week series next summer. The ultimate plan, she said, is to create a connection between Honeywell and the children in the program who will, hopefully, participate each summer as they grow into adults.
Jay Kelly, the Honeywell Buffalo Research Laboratory site leader, kayaked with the children on Hyde Park Lake. "It was really great," he said. "The kids were so excited about getting into the water.
"One of our missions is specifically to get middle school students excited about math and the environment," Kelly added, noting that Honeywell's Buffalo research lab currently has about 150 employees working on developing more environmentally-friendly materials for refrigeration and home insulation and other applications. "We don't have enough kids today interested in those fields and that's where the jobs opportunities are."
There is still room for middle school-age children to sign up for Wednesday's program, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. To sign up children for Wednesday's program call the authority at 285-6961.
Riverkeeper holds free kayak tours all summer long for children and adults who wish to see the area waterways up close. For more information visit www.buffaloriverkeepers.org.