Union Middle School eighth-grade students from Leslie Matthis’ science class had an opportunity to travel to Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe, North Carolina this past spring. There, they had hands-on science experiences that she said she could never dream of giving her students in the classroom.
Stephanie Malahias, former eighth-grade student at Union Middle School who attended the trip, said, “It was a fun and educational experience. It taught us how to understand the environment while interacting with it. It was more helpful than sitting in a classroom and reading out of a book. It helped us to experience what was going on.”
Students were able to get a close look at different species of animals while learning how they were classified, dig for fossils, and collect a variety of animals from the Neuse River. They also investigated how humans impact the river and its surrounding environment while exploring current environmental issues and testing the water quality of the Neuse River.
This trip was possible due to funding from a Simple Gifts Love for Learning grant that Matthis applied for and was awarded earlier in the school year.