East Providence student will join elite Arctic expedition

Polar Bear Picture - SOI

EAST PROVIDENCE – East Providence High School senior Alexandra Cordeiro has been accepted into an international youth experiential education program to the Arctic to learn about environmental issues and climate change. The expedition takes place July 14 to 28 and accepts fewer than 100 students from around the world every year.
“The program builds on the education and experience of individuals to help them lead in their respective fields as they go on into the world,” says Shirley Manh, Participant and Outreach Coordinator with Students on Ice. “Our expedition selects students and leaders from around the world each year for these expeditions – and we are thrilled to have Lexie on board with us. Her leadership and experience is a perfect match to the work that we do.”
Ms. Manh said Miss Cordeiro submitted a “very strong scholarship application and in fact was the runner up for the scholarship.”
Having not been awarded the scholarship has not discouraged Miss Cordeiro, as she is actively seeking out sponsorship. She is on a mission to fundraise for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Students on Ice is a unique initiative dedicated to taking students from around the world on unique learning expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. The ship-based International Polar Expedition employs modern icebreakers as home. It is the only organization in the world that offers an opportunity for students to be immersed in ‘hands on’ research activities and lectures, taught by polar experts, educators, and researchers. The expedition is a two-week journey in July.
Miss Cordeiro’s participation in the expedition depends on whether she can raise $10,000 in sponsorships.   She is approaching local businesses, organizations, as well as individuals in the community to lend to the cause.
“I am excited and inspired by the natural environment and think it is important for my generation to learn about sustainability and climate change,” Miss Cordeiro said. “I think that the hands-on learning of the expedition will teach me about world issues in a new and different way and I want to be able to share what I learn with other students at my school and in the community when I get back.”
Miss Cordeiro has lived in East Providence her whole life. She works at Skyzone in East Providence.  She will be attending the University of New Haven in the fall majoring in Marine Biology.


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