P.S. 225 Students Go Camping
The sixth grade classes at P.S. 225Q, The Seaside School, were treated to a special end of the year camping trip last week. The students loaded onto coach buses for their adventure to Camp Louemma in Sussex, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 10, and returned on Thursday, June 12. This environmental trip, made possible through a Magnet Grant in Marine Studies, provided a real outdoor classroom for the students, as well as traditional camp activities. The students participated in workshops with Marine Biologists discussing pond life, food chains and the impact of humans on natural environments. The camp director Hal Pugach ran a hands-on "Hooked On Fishing, Not on Drugs" programs for the students, who had a wonderful time fishing and catching frogs with the camp counselors. The students visited a wildlife refuge and hiked for two hours while observing different habitats and local wildlife. They also helped to beautify the camp by planting trees with their counselors. Although this was an educational trip, the students did participate in more traditional camp activities including basketball, relays, a talent show, and a campfire complete with S’mores. All students were given cameras to photograph their activities and photo albums to retain their memories. On the last day, all students received awards and a commemorative t-shirt.