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First-graders learn Bay lessons at Deltaville Maritime Museum

John England explains the workings of a buyboat using the model of “F.D. Crockett.” Afterwards the students were able to haul lines to lift a heavy oyster bucket. (Photo by Greg Chambers)

Despite occasional torrential rain, the faces of first-graders and their teachers from Middlesex County Public Schools were full of smiles as they left the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park on Friday. This year, their annual field trip was held as planned, but moved under the new events pavilion due to the terrible weather.

The first-graders were taught how to be good neighbors to the Chesapeake Bay by Becky Ferrell and her volunteers, and where to find Middlesex County on a map by Raynell Smith. The students got the rare opportunity to touch ancient fossils, and creatures of the bay brought by Kim Olsen, who also helped organize the event as Oyster Festival Marine Science Legacy Coordinator.

Chuck McGhinnis’ boat shop helped the students build small boats, and they hauled an oyster bucket with the crew of the F.D. Crockett. 

From “Crab Man” Arthur Lee Walden, the students learned about soft and hard blue crabs—and learned to dance like a crab with “Lynnette the Dancing Crab.”

“Tremendous thanks goes to volunteers from the Middlesex Kiwanis and Ladies Night Out who kept things going smoothly, said Vera England, field trip coordinator for the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

“The day was a great success thanks to the wonderful rebuilt pavilions, which are now better than ever!” England said. “Thank you, thank you to all who helped, and especially to the first-graders who were absolutely wonderful.”

posted 06.19.2013

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