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Great Story: A Little Extra Support Goes A Long Way

Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Megan Murray “It was the 2nd week of my 4th cycle of mentoring at Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School. The students were at their desk eating their Cheez-Its and the room was filled with noise. The door to the room opened slightly and a little boy with a big […]

Great Story: I Can Try

I Can Try Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Elizabeth Allaby “As part of their curriculum, 6th graders at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School must participate in an 8-week long swim program. As a NESS SEA AmeriCorps member, I was fortunate to be able to serve as a swim instructor for the swimmers at the […]

Great Story: Changing Course

Changing Course Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Dylan Gardner At times change can happen very rapidly, like a tacking sailboat.  At other times it is slow, like a cargo ship altering its course at sea.  For students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, change in the classroom can be the same.  In the beginning of the […]

Great Story: Not-So-Quiet Cafe

Not-So-Quiet Cafe Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Laura “Lorax” Karson “One of my favorite parts of working in Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School is being part of the Quiet Cafe program. Quiet Cafe is a space for students to eat lunch who are not as comfortable eating in the big cafeteria. When we were […]

Great Story: Adventure Sail

Adventure Sail Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Anna “Piper” Crouser “It was the last week of dinghy sailing and the 6th graders from Bennie Dover Middle School were ready for one last Opti sail before the season was over.  We had planned a follow-the-leader style sail out to Junk Island and back to Greens […]

Great Story: Imagine That Day

Imagine That Day Written by Lauren “Noodle” O’Donnell “‘Alright that’s everything! Van is all packed and ready to go!’ I called out as I slammed the large NESS van doors shut tight. Tyler, a NESS educator, and I hopped in the van and drove off to Ledyard, CT. We wove through the back roads of […]

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 […]