Busy as Bees during Vacation Week…Pollinating our Science Curriculum!
by Paula Chambers, PK-6 Science Coordinator
The population of Cape Cod pollinators has rapidly declined over the past decade mimicking the trend across the country. It is a concern to citizens and scientists. Several Sandwich teachers are now involved in efforts to help our flying friends.
On April 19th, during school vacation, educators from across the cape got busy planning lessons and garden projects to support the pollinators. These dedicated teachers attended a workshop that is part of the ongoing “Pollinating Your Garden” professional development opportunity offered by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve .
Sandwich teachers (Susan Iadonisi, Cyndi Denmat and Renee Fudala) will be bringing back ideas and resources to help them build pollinator gardens at each of their respective schools. Forestdale, Oakridge and the STEM Academy will become part of the National “Million Pollinator Garden Challenge” this spring as they create Monarch Butterfly Landing Stations and work with students to educate them on the importance of Birds, Bees, and Butterflies. For more information on why pollinator gardens are so important, you can visit the website: www.millionpollinatorgardens.org/