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  • Writer's pictureKimberly Belfer

Fall Back to Spring Ahead

The fall season of school always gets us moving and shaking, but we know it's always slow to start. Students are apprehensive to go back to school after a LONG summer break, it's still too hot to want to sit and do the learning thing rather than be outside, and teachers are busy bees perfecting their rooms, rosters, and responsibilities. It's a time for us to switch gears from summer programming and head back into the classroom with larger amounts of students, activities set to specific grades, and returning programs.

Already on our list is our 3rd-5th grade program with Cape Fear Academy's ACE afterschool. Each week for ten weeks, we'll be presenting different marine science activities specific to those grades. Last year was a first year with this school and we are so excited to be coming back for the second year in a row!

We will also be going to a new school in the area beginning in October. Myrtle Grove Christian School has a STEM program and we're excited to be working with their coordinator to present activities with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade in October and March of next year. We didn't get a chance to work with them this summer, but lucky for us, their summer camp coordinator doubles as their STEM coordinator for the school year and is welcoming us with open arms!

We have a new promotion we are beginning this year with schools that invite us back for a third year in a row. A 10% off discount will be added to the final cost of these programs as our gift to them. We're so appreciative that we have these contacts and connections with teachers and students year after year.

This will also be the last year for some of our activities because the state of NC's Department of Public Instruction has changed the science standards in 2023. They are not requiring implementation until the 2024-25 school year, so we'll be working next summer to adhere to them more. Some of our activities will no longer be available, while others will be moving to different grades. Stay turned in to our Facebook Page and website for those changes.

Speaking of our Facebook page, we've started a new monthly promotional. In August, we wanted you to get a friend to follow our page to get on our list to win an Explore Your Watershed book. For September, we're asking you to tag an educator who you believe deserves a discount on one of our resource books. We've got lots of them so we're hoping to spread the love and get them into the hands of some great educators this month. Follow our page for more of these to come!

Watershed Walkabout: Cape Fear and Watershed Walkabout: White Oak are in full swing and we've contacted every educator we could to promote our programs in their schools. Last year we were in 10 new schools and we'd love to return to them again this year. We're encouraging everyone to share our information with teachers you may know in Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties to get our calendar as early as possible. We always get full around April, so now is the best time to schedule us.

We'll see you around New Hanover County in September at the FEMME IN STEM event at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. We've also got a few others in mind to explore, but we'd love to know where you'd like us to be. Share with us on our Facebook page an event in your area you'd like us to table at and we'll try to be there!

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