The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
- C. S. Lewis
In case you were wondering, this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and our WaterSeer team would like to take a moment to thank teachers across the country for their impact on our education. They do so much more than instruct, teachers are caring professionals who connect with students and strive to unlock their potential. In fact, last Thursday we met a special person that truly influences her students to think far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
Mrs. Beam is a fifth-grade science, social studies and health teacher at Edgemere Elementary. She’s been teaching for 14 years and despite already having two degrees, she’s continuing her education in a Leadership program with a concentration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at the Notre Dame of Maryland University. Talk about setting a good example, right?
We came across Mrs. Beam and her fifth-grade class a few months ago when they informed us of the impact WaterSeer had on their classroom. After learning about the water cycle and watching our crowdfunding video, the students wanted to do something about the many people around the world who don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. So, they took matters into their own hands and fundraised in school during the winter months, even gathering up 3rd grade students into doing penny wars.
All their hard work paid off and the amount they raised will go towards a WaterSeer Orchard to a community or family in need. The WaterSeer team was so inspired by the efforts of Edgemere Elementary that they visited the school to talk about the WaterSeer and meet the teachers and students who are so passionate about helping others. Additionally, the WaterSeer team is planning to establish a STEM program in the near future to foster an environment where students can engage in questioning, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities while they address real life issues.
These activities can show students real-life effect of STEM, how it can pull together the ideas presented in school and help demonstrate how they benefit our society and even our world. In the words of Mrs. Beam, “Our learning is never finished” and we couldn’t agree more.
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