Northwest NEWS

November 15, 1999

Valley Special

Local students raise funds for extra science study

   You might think that middle school and high school age youth would look forward to spring break as a time to get away from learning and study. But that's not the case with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of almost 45 7th and 8th graders in Carnation and Duvall. The group is working hard to get ready for an April 2000 trip to Florida to learn more about science.

   Spearheaded by science teacher Chris Broderick, under the auspices of the private educational company Educational Field Services (EFS), the group will be spending a week in Florida getting hands-on training in the principles and applications of scientific theory. They will spend time working and learning behind-the-scenes at such places as Gatorland (Alligator Research Facility); Sea World's Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Facility; and a "floating classroom" excursion to the Barrier Islands.

   Time will also be provided at EPCOT and Disney World's Animal Kingdom--time for fun, but also for learning about how science is integral to creating and maintaining the attractions and activities enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.

   A trip of this magnitude will cost each student and teacher or chaperone at least $1,300. The students and their families are committed to paying for this amount through a combination of out-of-pocket personal funding and group fundraising. The group is currently talking with the Riverview Education Foundation (REF) about setting up the procedures or account to accept donations and money acquired through fundraisers.

   The first fundraiser will be a car wash on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Main Street in Duvall.

   The Florida-bound group is made up of students from the Riverview School District. Two Tolt Middle School teachers will also make the trip, along with Chris Broderick.

   Community members who are interested in supporting the group, or learning more about it, can contact Barbara Greenstreet at 788-3696 (e-mail greenstreetfarm@juno.com), or Chris Broderick via e-mail at sci4kidz@aol.com.