Comparing benchmark tests from last year to this year, sixth grade science teacher Patty Ptucha says that her students have improved 100%. Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, A River Runs through Us is continuing in Richmond County Public Schools next year and is expanding to Lancaster and Essex County Public Schools. We are so excited to help more students make connections between their actions and the health of the river.
Some of our youngest learners will also receive expanded programs during the 2014-2015 school year. Thanks to a grant from PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program, Spotsylvania Head Start is a new partner that will receive teacher professional development, classroom visits, and field experiences led by FOR education staff. FOR has worked with the Fredericksburg Regional Head Start for several years, serving hundreds of preschoolers. We are so happy to offer this opportunity to Spotsylvania preschoolers!
By Lowery Pemberton and Daria Christian, FOR Education Department