Hands-on learning in Flagler Schools
The Flagler County Education Foundation continued its Classrooms to Careers tour on Thursday, Jan. 9, this time visiting the Old Kings Elementary School and its Marine Science and Conservation Flagship program.
Active learning in the classroom helps Old Kings students take a part in restoring and protecting the local ecosystem.
The next tour is at 10 a.m. Jan. 22, at Matanzas High School. The tours are open to the public.
The fish hatchery is an ecosystem designed to host and nurture fish eggs. These eggs are eventually relocated to their natural environment. There is a camera above the nest so that progress can be tracked. “It is really cool to see the fish grow and watch their behavior,” said Ava Mello, flagship ambassador.
Conservation science classroom
In the conservation science classroom, Ellen Ashner teaches students about sharks and their impact on the marine ecosystem.
The school has collected over 300 pounds of plastics bottle caps, bringing them close to their goal of 400, to allow them to build two benches one, for school and one for Flagler Beach.
Old Kings Elementary started the biodegradable tray project that replaced the plastic trays in Flagler Schools.
Preposterous Plastic Pollution Patrol is the group responsible for the utensil dispensing project that replaced the pre-packed utensil kits for disposers in the cafeteria. Seven students worked on this project for two years.
The outside classroom and garden provide space where students can relax, connect with nature, and even take tests. “It helps you concentrate and release stress,” said Lillian Ames.