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Oyster reef at Christchurch School is home to more than a million oysters

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The student bucket brigade adds thousands of new oysters to the Christchurch School reef.

On Monday afternoon the Christchurch School faculty, staff and students gathered at the school’s pier in bucket brigade formation to add thousands of new oysters to the school’s reef. 

Students in the school’s Living Campus program have been tending the growing oysters in tanks on the school’s beach in preparation for the build. For years, the Christchurch School community has raised money for oyster spat by collecting and recycling cans.

Because each grown oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day, the students believe that their efforts will help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Christchurch School waterfront coordinator Will Smiley estimates that the school is now managing more than a million oysters.

Special thanks to the following local businesses for helping to make this possible: Oyster Seed Holdings, Alderman Railcar Services, Atlantic Metals, Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company, Café Mojo, Middlesex Kiwanis Club, and Middlesex Woman’s Club.

posted 09.25.2013

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