(May 29, 2012) The winners (Mrs. Feuerman’s second grade class from Aquebogue Elementary School, Mr. Karlson’s third grade class from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, and Mr. Richardson’s fourth grade class, also from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School) of the "Earth Day Every Day" contest sponsored by LI Aquarium and Exhibition Center and Lowe's Home Improvement were rewarded for their winning entries with a field to the Atlantis Aquarium on Tuesday, May 29th.
The students toured the aquarium, saw the sea lions show, visited the salt marsh, had lunch, and were taught how to follow a blueprint and build a birdhouse during a special workshop taught by a representative from Lowes.
“My favorite part was getting to touch the things we were learning about," said Nydelin Avalos from Mr. Karlson's class. "When we learned how to tell if a spider crab was a boy or a girl, we got to pick them up to check it out,”
Mr. Karlson summarized the trip this way, “This is a special group of children, and it was so great seeing them interact with one another and all the aquarium had to offer them. Whether it was building birdhouses, learning about marine life, or taking in the sea lion show, I was incredibly proud of them. The students and parent volunteers represented the Riverhead School District at its best: courteous, academic, and with a smile on their faces.”
THE "EARTH DAY EVERY DAY" CONTEST
(April 21, Riverhead, NY) The first annual Earth Day Every Day contest sponsored by Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center and Lowe’s Home Improvement was a huge success with nearly 500 students submitting entries.
The contest was focused on Riverhead Elementary School students in grades 2, 3, and 4 submitting an environment improvement plan, or an idea on how to best clean up our local beaches and keep our waters clear and safe for all of its critters and creatures.
Their plans were submitted through photos, in a video (limited to 3 minutes), a journal, or any other way they could dream of – with a winning plan selected from each participating grade level.
Winners of the contest are: Mrs. Feuerman’s second grade class from Aquebogue Elementary School, Mr. Karlson’s third grade class from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, and Mr. Richardson’s fourth grade class, also from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. An honorable mention is awarded to student Benjamin Catanzaro from Mr. Apicello’s third grade class from Riley Avenue School.
All local elementary schools participated with the highest number of contest entries received from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School.
“The most striking thing about this contest was the variety of the projects. When planning the contest, we had certain expectations of what we would get back but the creativity and ingenuity of the students in the Riverhead School District really exceeded those expectations,” said Director of Education, Robert Carasiti.
Contest winners will enjoy a full-day fieldtrip to Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, lunch at the Aquarium for the entire class, as well as a special and exclusive “Build & Grow” clinic with Lowe’s.
Winning Environmental Plans:
Second Grade /Aquebogue Elementary School: Creating recycling cans with fun tops that would encourage people to recycle. This idea could easily be replicated and introduced into the market.
Third Grade / Roanoke Avenue Elementary School: A series of mystery stories that uniquely tackle an array of environmental problems andeffectively increase awareness of these problems and delve into potential solutions.
Fourth Grade / Roanoke Avenue Elementary School: A video public service announcement that effectively targeted the desired audience and delivered a message of environmental conservation.
Honorable Mention / Riley Avenue School’s Benjamin Catanzaro: A prototype of a recycling can that encourages recycling. An effective idea developed through a prototype that used recycled materials. He will be receiving a family membership for him and his parents.
About Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center (LIA & EC)
Two great family attractions in one fin-tastic destination, this full-scaleAquarium and brand-new Exhibition Center features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Shark Dive, Pirate Snorkel Adventure, Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat and Sea Lion Kiss. Long Island Exhibition Center’s first exhibit is Butterflies & Birds! Flying for a limited engagement, only, don’t miss them! Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm year-round. Closed Christmas Day. Located adjacent to the Hyatt Place East End hotel, LIA & EC is also the home of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, New York’s only authorized marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, and the 120-slip transient marina, Treasure Cove Resort Marina. TheAquarium was recently ranked by Parents Magazine as one of the “Top Aquariums for Kids.” Visit Web site for more details: www.LongIslandAquarium.com