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Once again, the US Fish and Wildlife Service van pulled-up to the doors of Cedar Key School to fulfill the wish list of science teacher Raymond Powers. Box after box was unloaded from the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge van and piled onto a cart by Powers and his students.
All this study and research equipment, along with an earlier delivery in November, is the result of a grant written and submitted by Refuge Ranger Pam Darty, a former Florida teacher.
“Refuge management wants to help science teachers get their students into the field with the right tools; it’s an investment in the future of our planet,” Darty said.
Even though local National Wildlife Refuges don’t charge an entrance fee, most Refuges do. The grant that funded these purchases was made possible through the entrance fee fund from Refuges across the country – just another benefit of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
After the delivery, Powers said, “My students and I are very grateful for this opportunity. The USFWS grant will allow us to increase our science educational activities both in the classroom and in the Lower Suwannee Refuge. While much needed science equipment was purchased, some of the grant funds were set aside for educational field trips to the Refuge next year. The Lower Suwannee and staff are a great resource that we plan to utilize more in the 2014-2015 school year.”