|School kids to plant mangroves on Star Island|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:39|
Six students from the Osetta Jolly Primary School will forego their free-time May 5 to help the environment by planting mangroves on Star Island in the Leeward Channel.
The initiative is part of the greater Amanyara Nature Discovery Centres Outreach program, which is aimed at teaching local students about the importance of protecting the habitat around them.
Lindsay Mensen, who heads the Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre, visited the public school in Blue Hills last week, giving the children a presentation on mangrove ecology.
“We want to offer the local community as well as our guests the opportunity to learn more about the environment we live in,” Mensen told the fp. “We want to sensitize them to the impact we have on the world around us.”
Following Mensen’s presentation last week, the students were asked to write an essay on why the mangroves are important. Based on their performance, six students were chosen to join Mensen Saturday for the hands-on experience of planting the mangroves on Star Island.
The talk was the fourth such visit since this past fall. In November, Amanyara brought turtle conservationist Zander Srodes to visit the school teaching the children about turtles and how to help protect them. Srodes spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Nature Discovery Center teaching little and big guests similar lessons.
In February Mensen gave the children a presentation on the coral reef ecosystem, and in March new resident turtle conservationist to the Nature Discover Centre, Amdeep Sanghera, also visited the school.
“It has all been really well received by the teachers and the students, and it follows their curriculum, so it is helping them prepare for their upcoming GSAT exams,” Mensen added.
The program will continue with the Osetta Jolly school, but Mensen said she also hopes to expand the program to include more schools in the future.
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