Channel View School Conducts Beach Clean Up
On a cool, damp Friday morning, the students in the sixth-grade class of Channel View School for Research donned jackets and gloves, and joined in CVSR’s second annual beach clean-up and data collection project, in cooperation with the American Littoral Society. The CVSR clean-up took place on Friday, October 22, 2005. Approximately 75 students and parent volunteers (under the direction of teachers Barbara Mannion, Laura Dimino and Vivian Carter) picked up and recorded the types and amounts of waste found in the sand from Beach 98th Street to Beach 104th Street. Students tabulated the data and created a table to show the results (see below). Then, students wrote essays reflecting on their participation in the project.
Natali’ Green wrote: “my most memorable moment at the beach was seeing those breathtaking seashells all different colors, and watching the high clear waves coming right at me.” Opeyemi Fadeyibi commented that CVSR’s Outward Bound philosophy was reflected in the clean-up because students were learning by “doing it ourselves” rather than reading about it. Another one of CVSR’s guiding principles is respect for the natural world. Many students were quite surprised by the number of living and dead creatures they were able to observe at the beach during the clean-up, from a 2-foot dead shark with bite marks on the side of its body, to horseshoe crabs, clams, and baby seagulls.
The most startling encounter with the natural world for many students came near the end of the clean-up, as they were assembling for a picture. A tiny golden-crowned kinglet with olive-green feathers landed on the shoulder of one of the teachers and perched there for over a minute, while students gasped in amazement. Amy Monges wrote: “I never saw a strange bird out of nowhere at somebody’s shoulder.” Tierra Holmes agreed that she had never seen a wild bird perch on a human before—“only if they belong to an owner and they are well trained.”
For Tierra and other students of class 614, the bird’s sudden arrival seemed even more odd, as a ruby-crowned kinglet had flown into their classroom just an hour before the clean-up, only to be captured and returned to the outdoors by teacher Todd Orelli. To explain this strange occurrence, Tierra made the following inference: “The bird probably landed on her shoulder because there was a bird that came in my class and was flying around and probably touched Mrs. Carter, and the bird at the beach smelled the other bird that she touched in the classroom.” Echoing many students’ comments about the bird-sighting, Lianece Goudy added: “it was a wonderful moment. It was a very good moment.”
Students are already looking forward to participating in next year’s beach clean-up.
Channel View School for Research opened in September 2004 with over 400 students in grades 6 through 9, and added a grade 10 in September, 2005. Located in a separate wing at Beach Channel High School, Channel View will add a grade each year until it includes all grades from 6 through 12. Channel View follows the academically rigorous curriculum sequence of Core Knowledge, while engaging students in hands-on, collaborative, project-based interdisciplinary learning in the field and in the classroom, using the workshop model. This project-based learning is built on Channel View’s strong connections with the principles of the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Program. For more information about Channel View’s programs, contact Principal Patricia Tubridy at (718) 634-1970.