Inclusiveness Through the Eyes of an AmeriCorps Member

“It was a winter day and our AmeriCorps members and after school students were making the most of our indoor heating system at Ocean Beach to learn about marine science. This week’s topic was about climate change, specifically how levees can be important factors in combating sea level rise. The goal for the students’ activity […]

The Wonders of a Microscope

“Budget issues are pervasive throughout most schools, and teachers are leaned on heavily to provide top level education while given little resources. Hartford has many schools where this is the case. People care, but it’s difficult to stay positive when the funding isn’t there to support the classrooms. These are the schools that NESS targets […]

There Are Always More Fish In The Sea

“As we awkwardly walked out onto the sand, all that could be heard was the ‘clunk-swish-clunk’ of twenty or so pairs of waders briskly shuffling through the sand. After I introduced how to cast, how to hold a reel, and how to fish, the students paired and slumped their way to waterfront real estate. As […]

The First Steps

Billy is an avid NESS-goer and absolutely loves the water. At first, he was a little nervous since he was not the greatest swimmer and was uncomfortable in the water. However, after a few baby steps—like getting into a life jacket and taking a trip to the dock—he took a major step by getting into […]

Learning to Sail

Even though they were eager to learn to sail, Janelle and Samantha’s first experience on the Hartley did not go so well! They were frightened of how much faster and harder the bigger boat was to control. They tried to get back on course for a few minutes, and then I volunteered to jump in […]

The Student Becomes the Leader

Angelina opened up to me quickly at our first after-school program. While it was obvious she felt like an outsider, she came forth and spoke to me about her doubts at the end of the day. The next time Angelina arrived at Ocean Beach, she jumped right in. By no means an expert, she felt […]

Trying Something New!

While there have been days and moments when I feel I have impacted a child’s life, the acts I did for students on their first day of sixth grade are the things I am most pleased with. The first day of school is always filled with nervousness and excitement. For any incoming sixth grader, the […]

Gregory’s Turn

One by one students plopped into the water and swam their best. Finally, it was Gregory’s turn. He cautiously stepped down the ladder into the water and hung onto the wall, looking at me for further instructions. I asked him to start swimming and go as far as possible—but I only received a couple blinks […]

The Wonders of the Ocean

I am standing in the Alewife Salt Marsh, holding out an especially tiny hermit crab to Egan, the delighted 7th grader beside me. He reaches for it and it plops down in the water again. It scampers away quickly, but Egan – our undeterred resident naturalist- pursues it happily down the marsh. He locates it […]