2020 Assisi Scholars Take Their First Field Trip
Twenty-five new Assisi Scholars were welcomed into the program with a visit to the Green Learning Station at the Civic Garden Center on May 15 to learn about global and local water conservation issues.The statement "water is only as safe as what it touches" was repeated many times during the day.Using state-of-the-art water testing equipment, the students evaluated the quality of water samples at local community gardens and from the green roof of the Civic Garden Center. Using data collected by a member of the Civic Garden Center on the tiny island of Comoros in the Indian Ocean, the students learned factors that contribute to safely harvesting rain water even in areas where no ground water is available. According to Annabelle Merz, "The Civic Garden Center opened my eyes to the impact we have on our world.Now more than ever,the scholars are interested in helping better our school which is a great way to apply what we learned from our time at the Center.Going with my fellow Assisi Scholars helped me to better myself and to challenge my previous thoughts on our earth. The experience has been a great way to celebrate our beginning in the Assisi Scholar program."
The finale of the field trip included a trip to the Dairy Queen on Vine Street for a refreshing snack.This soft-serve ice cream was a prelude to the gelato that the scholars will enjoy a few years from now when they travel to Assisi and Rome, Italy on a school sponsored pilgrimage.