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Nature's Classroom fundraiser

POSTED 3/11/2014
Donations to help fund three-day learning adventure for OESJ sixth graders
Thanks to donations by local residents and student fundraising efforts, OESJ Middle School sixth graders this spring will head to Lake George for a three-day academic field trip that incorporates science, art, English, math and more. 
In June, the sixth graders will travel to Silver Bay on Lake George to attend Nature’s Classroom, an interdisciplinary environmental education program that provides hands-on learning experiences in an outdoor setting. 
raffle winner and student

“The program will give students the chance to apply what they’ve learned all year in a variety of subjects,” OESJ Middle School teacher T.J. Jordan said. “This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity that will continue to inspire learning in the students well after they’ve return home.”

Following the allocation of $3,000 for the trip this fall by the OESJ Board of Education, students began fundraising efforts to further subsidize the costs. The students’ fundraising included raffling off one ton of wood pellets donated by New England Wood Pellets in Schuyler. 

“This is a great opportunity for the students. I’d like to thank the board of education for their support and for recognizing that this is a phenomenal opportunity for the students,” Middle School Principal Jeanine Kawryga said. “The students and teachers have worked very hard to make this trip a reality. I’d also like to thank the community for their support.”

Accompanied by OESJ teachers, students will spend three intensive days at the program working with Nature’s Classroom educators in field groups that explore the habitats and interactions of the natural world. Students will also participate in special interest workshops focusing on science, math, social studies and the humanities with an emphasis on motivating students, and helping them appreciate the value of education. Academic and social programs are also scheduled during the evenings and other free time. 

More than 40 sixth graders plan on attending the program this spring.

Caption: Local resident and parent Carrie Schmidtmann and OESJ sixth grader Quincy Bonneau pose with the winning raffle ticket for one ton of wood pellets donated by New England Wood.