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Our Mangrove Education and Restoration Programs are back in session! It’s September and although I’m no longer a formal educator, I still prepare for the beginning of the new school year. I finish writing and aligning curriculum, buying supplies, and organizing schedules. It’s a refreshing time of year when it feels like I get to start afresh– new students, new teachers, and even a new second year program. I’ll tell you more about that shortly.

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I’m excited to also share that Symone Johnson, a National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Knauss Fellow, is joining us for the first phase of the B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N. programs. Symone is volunteering with us as part of her professional development training to learn about managing, implementing, and evaluating education programs such as ours. Welcome Symone!

Symone Johnson helping students at Forest Heights to use a GPS device.
Symone Johnson helping students at Forest Heights to use a GPS device.

When we arrive in Abaco, Bahamas, Abaco Central High School and Forest Heights Academy are just getting in the full swing of a new school year. It’s a good time to implement our programs. Last year, we piloted the B.A.M. program in various grade levels and classes, but we found that the program aligns best with the Biology grade 10 curriculum. This year B.A.M. will begin in the grade 10 Biology classes and I’m excited to meet all of the new students.

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Abaco Central High School Biology Class, Grade 10

Forest Heights Academy Biology Class, Grade 10
Forest Heights Academy Biology Class, Grade 10

Additionally, we will pilot a second year program at Forest Heights Academy with students who participated in the last year’s B.A.M. program. We are very excited to be able to continue expanding students’ knowledge of mangroves!

Forest Heights Academy Marine Biology Class
Forest Heights Academy Marine Biology Class

Keep following our blogs for more information about our new second year Mangrove Education and Restoration program.

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