St. Johns Riverkeeper and EverBank team up to educate

St. Johns Riverkeeper and EverBank team up to educate
First Mate Ray gives safety instructions to S.P. Livingston Elementary students and their chaperones

First Mate Ray gives safety instructions to S.P. Livingston Elementary students and their chaperones

Students learn it’s their river to protect

Despite the chilly start to the early February morning, 44 excited students from S.P. Livingston Elementary gathered at Friendship Fountain Park for instructions from the St. Johns Riverkeeper’s Education Director, Jennie Busey. “When I ask ‘Whose river is this?’ what are you going to tell me?” she asked. “It’s our river!” they yelled.
Thanks to a generous grant from EverBank, these 3rd through 5th grade students enjoyed a day learning about one of the region’s most important natural resources. After a leisurely boat ride, they docked at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute for outdoor activities, classroom programs and lunch. The field trip was the first time many of the children experienced the St. Johns River by boat and the first time to visit a college campus.
Also along for the ride were members of the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association. Avondale resident Douglas Coleman, EVP, and Secretary Tina Daniels of Arlington, were capturing the moments to share the experience through social media with a school in the Jacksonville Sister City of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa. Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, in conjunction with S.P. Livingston Elementary School, is taking steps to participate in a “ConnectAllSchools” initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information about St. Johns Riverkeeper, visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org and for the JSCA, visit www.jsca.org.

 

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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