Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School students embarked on a first ever all middle school field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to kick off October’s school-wide service project focusing on climate change. Ms. Haley Hemm spearheaded the planning for the trip to the Aquarium to give middle school students the opportunity to come face to face with the natural environments and creatures most affected by our changing climate.
While visiting the Aquarium, students participated in discovery labs about waves, energy, and coast line adaptation, explored the museum exhibits, and enjoyed waste free lunches brought from home.
Eighth grade students attended a special lecture on cephalopods (the class of ocean animals that include octopus and squid) and how their population has been impacted by human action including pollution, overfishing, and climate change as a whole.
Students returned from the Aquarium excited not just about what they learned but eager to start the service project back at school. “Like a small drop of water, I can send messages like ripples that expand to make a change…To stay in balance as a community, we all have something to contribute whether it be a clean-up on the beach or saving endangered species from oil spills,” commented one 8th grade student.
During the month of October, the 8th grade students will take on the role of educators and activists, leading the school community by teaching younger students the lessons they learned about water and ocean conservation while at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “The students’ ultimate mission is to limit our carbon footprint, as individuals and as a community, by investing in education, inspiring action, and igniting young minds to change perspective and behavior,” says Ms. Hemm, who will help the students throughout this project. Through the preparation and presentation of their lessons, students hope to investigate ways and enlighten community members at every age on steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
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