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Ware 2nd-graders spend the day at VIMS

Ware second-graders at VIMS include, front row from left, Abbie Peebles and Kayla Quinlan; second row, Quinn Glovier and Alice Strawn; third row, Blair Pausic, Nicole Brown, Nicolas Barefoot-Garcia, Charles Revere, Angela Milligan and Isabella Holloway; and back row, Henry Singleton.
The second grade class at Ware Academy has been studying the fauna of the Chesapeake Bay, their habitats, and the importance of improving the environment to protect them.

To further expand the students’ knowledge, VIMS invited the second-graders for a guided tour of the marshes. The tour was lead by Sarah McGuire, general  education and outreach coordinator for the CBNEERS program at VIMS, and Donna Milligan, VIMS marine scientist and Ware parent.

The students learned firsthand about the importance of marshes and how they balance the ecosystems of the waterways; as well as how a marsh can be created to prevent erosion.

The students created their own water filters to demonstrate and learn how an oyster filters the water.

Their favorite part of the experience was when they seined in the York River and collected over twenty species. They were thrilled to be able to bring several back to the classroom. The children had to release the four-inch plus seahorse and shrimp because they would not survive in the classroom fish tank. 

This is just one of the ways Ware’s primary school program is integrating the school’s Going Green initiative and Bay Studies into the curriculum.

posted 10.23.2008

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