2017-11-09 / Letters

Community came together for Loranger School project

To the editor:

On Oct. 19, the Courier published a wonderful article by Grant McPherson about Loranger Memorial School’s Goosefare Brook Watershed Project. I wish to acknowledge and thank all the people who contributed to this multifaceted learning experience.

Laura Seaver, sixth grade science teacher at Loranger Memorial School, made the project happen. She conceived the idea, applied for the grant and taught the lessons. She is committed to getting students outside to do science.

Meagan Sims from Maine Healthy Beaches created a presentation on the Goosefare Brook Watershed Plan for our students. Scientists from the Department of Environmental Protection taught everyone how to collect water samples and identify macroinvertebrates.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute awarded us a minigrant funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Meggie Harvey met us at field sites to help identify phragmites and collect biodiversity data, then came to Loranger to teach students how to analyze their data.

Melissa Hutchins at the department of public works provided advice, maps, paint and stencils for the catch basin stenciling project. From the Conservation Commission, Kimbark Smith and Bob Fox helped with field work and Kimbark and his daughter, Ally, helped on stenciling days.

The sixth grade teachers rearranged their schedules to accommodate seven field trips. The transportation department helped us get where we needed to go. Administrators were supportive and staff joined us so we could have small groups of students doing focused work.

All these people and organizations made the project possible, enabling our students to be citizen scientists. The students took their work seriously and learned valuable skills. This was a true community effort to benefit a local watershed and our students. Thank you to all who participated. Cynthia Nye Loranger Memorial School and OOB Conservation Commission

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