Students from Military Magnet Academy recently visited the Apple Store on King Street, Downtown for an interactive tour and products demonstration. They got to walk around Charleston taking pictures on iPods, and then came back to the store to make movies with music, animation, etc using Apple computers. Each student was given a special t-shirt, a flash drive, and a certificate of completion.
A Trip Over the Horizon
By: M. Eliese Ronke, MS
October 22, 2014 – How do you get teenagers from two different sides of the economic spectrum to spend a whole day together chatting about everything from the flight patterns of wood storks to the technology of rice plantations?
Take them on a trip Over the Horizon. A program hosted by Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Over the Horizon brings together students from the Charleston area for a day of diversity— both biological and cultural. The rich natural and cultural histories of the Lowcountry connect students to their past, present, and future.
For the third year in a row 15 students from Burke High School in Downtown Charleston and 15 students from Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant shared the experience. Most students had never been to Cape Romain, never seeing up close the unique habitat right in their backyard. Over the Horizon provided students not only a new experience but a new perspective on the public lands which they will soon be entrusted to help protect. Students learned the importance of the surrounding area and the importance of taking ownership of the land and history.
The day began with a boat ride from Garris Landing to Bulls Island. Guided through the intercoastal waterway by Chris Crolley and Gates Roll of Coastal Expeditions, students, teachers, and volunteers viewed the vast chordgrass salt marshes and abundant bird life, and discussed the importance of biodiversity in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Upon landing on Bulls Island, students spent the morning touring the maritime forest, freshwater marshes, and pristine beaches, spotting egrets, fox squirrels, and— of course— alligators along the way.
Students lunched in the shade of live oaks draped with resurrection ferns and Spanish moss. After a bit of tree climbing and a spontaneous dance circle, the afternoon was spent in the historic Dominick House.
Sweetgrass basket artisan Vera Manigault guided students through the history of sweetgrass basketry and the modern Gullah Geechee culture. Michael Allen, a Community Outreach Specialist for the National Parks Service, then discussed the history and significance of the Gullah Geechee corridor. He spoke to the importance of the Lowcountry in helping to build South Carolina as a vital part of the United States both yesterday and today.
Mr. Allen summarized the day best; “We live in a special, unique, sacred place.” We have a duty to protect the diversity of life— plant, animal, and human alike— which makes the Lowcountry so special.
And the students of Over the Horizon have already taken the first steps in accepting that mantle.
Special thanks to all the educators and volunteers that made this amazing experience possible again this fall for students from Wando and Burke High Schools.
Sparks are often flying in CTE instructor Arthur Russell’s Welding Technology classes at Garrett Academy of Technology.
His students are preparing for high demand, high wage welding positions in the Charleston region and beyond.
To learn more about the Welding program at Garrett Academy, visit the school website.
October 3, 2014 – Twelve students from West Ashley High School participated in the HackWarz Competition held today in conjunction with the Cyber Conference staged by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce at Trident Technical College.
Oct 2, 2014 – The Charleston Marriott downtown was the host location again this year for the Charleston Signature Chefs Auction benefiting the March of Dimes.
Among the many volunteers that helped ensure the success of this event was Bill Twaler, and his talented culinary arts students from Wando High School. They arrived early and stayed late, and got the chance to work side by side with Charleston’s top chefs!
Chef Twaler said, “It was a terrific experiential learning opportunity, and a nice resume builder for each of the students. This work-based learning opportunity will pay dividends far in to the future for these students.” Chef Twaler also expressed his thanks to everyone that made their inclusion possible, especially for such a worthy cause.
Juniors and Seniors at Baptist Hill HS recently enjoyed a special visit from professionals from Boeing SC.
The group of volunteers were all graduates of SC State University passionate about educating youth about high demand careers in STEM professions, like building jets!
They counseled the students on the importance of soft skills like resumes and job interviews. The students were reminded about the importance of keeping a professional online profile on social media sites.
The fruitful partnership at West Ashley High School between Luke Hamilton’s special education students and Jason Wheless’ culinary arts students continues to grow.
Mr. Hamilton’s students will continue to utilize raised beds in the high school’s inner courtyard as they did last year, growing herbs and produce to be used in Mr. Wheless’ culinary arts kitchen.
But this year, they will have a new greenhouse outfitted with new pots and tools thanks to a $5000 grant from Carolina Green Fair, thanks in part to support from Bosch Charleston.
The plan is to have the new greenhouse installed on November 14, Trident United Way’s annual Day of Caring. Stay tuned for more details and pictures.
Thanks to all that have supported this inclusive project at West Ashley High School.
On September 18, several Wando High School students were invited to participate in the annual Mt. Pleasant Business Expo. When someone visited their booth, they talked about their participation in student organizations, like DECA and ProStart, and signed up volunteer judges for upcoming competitions. Each had invaluable experiences networking with the hundreds of local professionals in attendance.