A group of 44 local high school students from across the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region recently got the chance to join a kayaking expedition, thanks to the Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OACAGC).
The nonprofit OACAGC was founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Public Schools teacher and outdoor enthusiast Dennis “Denny” McFadden. It started in three CPS schools with the simple goal of offering students a chance at outdoor fun for free.
“There are so many benefits in getting these students outdoors,” explains McFadden. “The adventurers not only learn how to kayak or hike or bike; they learn conservation and our experience, as well as research, shows that it stimulates creativity, reduces stress, improves academic performance and so much more.”
The OACAGC now has active clubs in 19 area schools — four in Northern Kentucky — and will receive support from Interact for Health, United Way, Seligman Family Foundation and the PNC Charitable Trust for upcoming events that include an October bike ride, a hike in November and ice skating in December, as well as planned outings for spring and summer of 2017.
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