2006-06-16 / Community

BCHS Oceanography Programs Need Help

Beach Channel High School students are imploring several city organizations and officials to help revitalize the school's Oceanography Institute, particularly the dock and boats that need to be repaired.

The school is also trying to start the Summer Oceanography Institute once again, which hasn't been run since the summer of 2003. Students, organized by teacher Jennifer Porcheddu, have started a letter writing campaign asking for financial assistance to continue the institute's programs. Here is an excerpt of some of the student's letters:

I just finished sophomore year, and have just taken my first year of Marine Biology. It is a great program, but unfortunately there are a few repairs that have to be made and I was hoping you could help us out.

We have a dock just outside of our classroom. We use the dock to have access to the boat, to get water samples or just to see what things are growing around it. A few months ago the dock broke. Our boat is also in bad condition. At the beginning of the year I really enjoyed using these things but now because of thdamage we are not able to have access to them.

It would be interesting and educational to have these things to be a part of the program. We've had opportunities to take boat trips to different parts of the bay to learn about marine animals and their environments. It would mean a lot to my class and the whole Oceanography Program at Beach Channel if you would help us.

ALYSON CARNEY

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Beach Channel allows its students to obtain a boating license, but, to get one, there needs to be a boat and a dock to get into that boat. Without repairs made to our boat and dock, there is a less likely chance that students now arriving at Beach Channel will ever get a boating license or ever even get into a boat.

I do not live in Rockaway and I can say that before coming to Beach Channel I had never been here. I can also say that before being put in the oceanography program I did not appreciate Rockaway and its environment. And that's what the oceanography program does; it allows people to appreciate Rockaway and the diversity of animals and their significance to the environment.

DAISEAN BREWSTER

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I enjoy being a part of the Marine Biology program because it's unlike anything else you take in school. You learn about things that are literally going on right in your backyard. In this program you are also able to do a lot of things that normal students are never exposed to, like going outside, taking trips on the school boat, planting trees and cleaning fish tanks. Please help give Beach Channel this much-needed funding to allow students to grow not only intellectually but also morally, by serving the community and the ecosystems.

NICOLE PIERCE

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