Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Around 4,000 Berkeley County students enjoyed a day in the park last week, a reward for their hard work in science over the course of the past school year.
Partnering with Berkeley Kids Who Care, Berkeley County Schools presented the 23rd Annual Nature Scope on March 28 at Old Santee Canal Park.
The students, ranging from Kindergarten through fifth grade, viewed more than 20 nature and science exhibitions situated throughout the park. The exhibitions focused on everything from how gases act and react in a vacuum, to displaying mighty birds of prey up close.
“There is no way a teacher can expose her students to this degree of science in one morning,” Kids Who Care Board Member Barbara Ford said. “We had a tremendous amount of corporate involvement in our Nature Scope. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Ford said more than 350 chaperones and volunteers helped with the students during the course of the two-day event. “It takes a lot of special people to make these events a success,” she said.
Kids Who Care Inc. was founded in the 1991-1992 school year to work with middle school students in Berkeley County, according to its website. The focus eventually shifted to work with elementary children to try to reach children when they are most receptive.
In its 23 years, KWC has served over 60,000 children, and has awarded over $70,000 in grants to the winning schools to buy equipment and supplies for the enhancement of environmental teaching.
“The three key elements to Berkeley County Water and Sanitation’s community involvement are our three E’s: Education, Environment, and Economic Development,” said Colin Martin, Executive Director of BCWS. “It’s an honor and pleasure to actively support Kids Who Care as the event embodies two of our three key elements.
“Oh, by the way, it’s also great fun.”
The Kids Who Care program conducts two projects each school year, which include an environmental project competition, and an environmental field day. The mission is to raise the environmental ethic in Berkeley County by administering an environmental project competition in schools and work as a resource to upgrade environmental science teaching.