Road program helps students discover the bay


January 20, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STUDENTS AT Freedom Elementary School caught a glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay last week through a program that stirs interest in one of Maryland's greatest resources.

"Chesapeake Bay on the Road" informs students about the past, present and future of the bay. The program is presented to schoolchildren through an education outreach program by the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

During an assembly for Freedom fourth-graders, biologist Martha Shaum portrayed a Smith Island woman, Abbey Russell, who earns a living fishing and crabbing on the Chesapeake.

As Abbey Russell, Shaum took the students on a journey through seasons and conditions of the bay. The conditions ranged from clear waters teeming with fish and plant life during Russell's youth to heavy pollution and dying wildlife to the bay's revival.

"I like to use a human element in telling about the Chesapeake," Shaum said. "It makes it more real for the students and helps them understand how what they do affects not just the bay but people, too."

Shaum's moving story of her fictitious husband losing his life in a storm on the bay really caught the students' attention.

"I was really glad when she told us that her husband really didn't die in a storm," said Jill Bankard, 9.

Through Shaum's stories, students were introduced to the water and air creatures of the bay, as well as some of the industries that depend on the Chesapeake.

After the assembly, each class spent time in a hands-on laboratory supervised by Shaum and aquarium volunteer Cary Hack. An experiment with removable plastic turf, dirt and a spray bottle of water showed the students some of the effects of erosion and chemical runoff on the Chesapeake.

Measuring the amount of dirt in the water led to discussions about the importance of preserving the grasses and plant life in the bay.

A collection of wildlife from the bay was a popular lab station. Crabs, starfish, snails and a horseshoe crab got a great deal of attention.

For more information on the National Aquarium program, call 410-576-3800.

Lacrosse registration

Registration for the Freedom Optimist Lacrosse (FOL) program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 31 at the Community Center on Route 32. The program offers playing divisions for boys and girls ages 6 to 14.

The cost is $65 for boys ages 6 to 8, and $80 for ages 9 to 14. The cost for girls is $45 for ages 6 to 8, and $70 for ages 9 to 14.

Information: girls, Tim or K. C. Hastings at 410-549-3039; boys, Chris or Mary Lees Gunther at 410-795-7557.

The league is also sponsoring lacrosse clinics for boys and girls. The cost is $10 for four weeks.

The girls clinic will be from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Liberty Christian School. The boys clinic is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Liberty High School. Participants may register for either clinic at league registration.

Anyone interested in buying or selling used lacrosse equipment may call the phone numbers above to make arrangements.

Puppet show

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park will present a winter puppet show at 3: 30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday.

Children ages 3 to 8 will find the show especially appealing.

Cost is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. Register by calling 410-795-6043.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County Edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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