Monday, December 15, 2008

Upward Bound and the MCBP a Success

MCBP Education Coordinator Carrie Samis is pleased to report that the first 12 Upward Bound sessions were a success.

Thanks to MCBP staff, AmeriCorps member Morgan, and the MCC crew for putting the first two sessions together. In October, the students learned about watersheds. In November, they learned about the threat of storms, especially hurricanes, and they assembled family disaster preparedness kits to take home.

The next session will be held Saturday, December 20 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center. Assateague National Park Service has planned activities focused on preparations that must be made prior to storm events that may impact the island and it's delicate ecosystem. They will also be discussing the Incident Command System.

On Saturday, January 24 there will be a meeting at UMES from 10 am - 2 pm. The session will be lead by EPA and will include some computer modeling activities. A computer lab on campus will be reserved for the students that day.

The last scheduled session will be held Saturday, February 14 from 10 am - 2pm at the Sarbanes Center. The final session will focus on stories about cleanups after storms and steps communities can take to mitigate future storm damage and also foster a sense of community.

Thanks to Carrie for all her hard work!

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