Marcellus Elementary Science Learning Laboratory instructor Mary Jo Hoeft was filled with sincere appreciation as the Marcellus Academic Club (MAC) donated $5,000 to the program at its Oct. 13 meeting. The funds will be used to purchase supplemental science books for the lab program.
Hoeft took MAC members on a tour of the elementary science lab classroom as she explained that the program is "alive with activity." "Alive" was the operative word as Hoeft displayed a learning environment that included hermit crabs, fish, gerbils, frogs, beetles, a classroom green house, a touch table, an experiment center and anatomical x-rays. Future initiatives for the program's young scientists include a courtyard garden/greenhouse, hydroponics, and a bottle rocket experience that will be connected to the middle school Science Olympiad program.
Hoeft also shared a very impressive initiative that will involve sixth grade students as lab assistants. Sixth grade students interested in the position have already filled out applications and interviewed for the experience. Hoeft will be "employing" 12 lab assistants each quarterly marking period.
Although the science lab program is designed for grades four through six, Hoeft will spend one week each month pushing into kindergarten through third grade classrooms at K. C. Heffernan Elementary School. The Marcellus Academic Club (MAC) is a community based organization whose mission is to encourage, support and recognize academic achievement and growth of all students in the Marcellus schools. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Driver Middle School Library.