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Artwork by Ruth Lepper Gardner and George Workman

November 17, 2016

Article in The Island Institute's monthly publication, Working Waterfront

Tom Groening, Editor, "Working Waterfront",  visited Southport on November 2nd. He was interested in learning more about the work of Southport based, Land For Southport's Future.  He visited our Southport Central School and met with science educator Kay McLeod.

The link to Tom Groening's article:

http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/clock-ticking-vision-southports-ruths-house#.WDhIjwjxe6Y

 

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Artwork by Ruth Lepper Gardner and George Workman

November 6, 2016

Tea and Conversation

Sunday afternoon, November 6th, at 2:00pm, I am delighted to host an hour of "Tea and Conversation" with Environmental Scientist Kay McLeod.

Kay is a retired K-12 science education specialist from Asheville, North Carolina. Inspired by her passion for the work of environmentalist Rachel Carson, Kay has been coming to Southport several weeks each summer for about 10 years, to stay at the Carson Cottage on Dogfish Head.

After her Southport visit this past September, Kay took the initiative to contact Marcelle Durost, Southport Central School Principal and Teacher (grades 1-3) to ask if she could bring her science enrichment work to our local school as a volunteer in the classroom.

Marcelle Durost, describes Kay's contribution this past month to our Island School:
We are so fortunate to have science educator, Kay McLeod, volunteer to work with our students. Kay has shared her sense of "wonder" to inspire our students to explore, discover, and think about "why and how" things happen.

Program development and the delivery of awe-inspiring learning experiences is the passion of this science educator and program administrator from North Carolina. Kay has developed elementary experiential science programs for teachers and students. Her career work included building science labs from the bottom up, developing curriculum, writing and receiving  grants for materials, and constructing kits for the classroom. Early in her career, Kay made it possible for one NC elementary school to become an "Art and Science Magnet School".

Here on Southport Kay will continue to explore all of the options that this "place of wonder" can inspire her to create.  Stay tuned, Kay has some special plans in mind for the Southport Central School this spring. And, when Land For Southport's Future owns and can use "Ruth's House" the sky will be the limit for the "wonder of science."

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Artwork by Ruth Lepper Gardner and George Workman

October 19, 2016

Kay McLeod, science educator, volunteers at the Southport Central School

Sharing a posting on Southport Central School's Facebook page:

"This past week we have been using the pond area for learning. Students have been noticing the changes in the pond as we move into fall. Students also discovered what is in our pond water. What is the temperature of the water? What is in our pond water?
We are so fortunate to have a scientist, Kay McLeod, volunteer to work with our students. Kay has been coming to Southport for 10 years and has stayed in Rachel Carson's house. She has been a teacher and directed science programs in North Carolina for many years. We are so fortunate she is bringing her sense of "wonder" to our students. They just love to explore, discover, wonder, and think about "why and how" things happen. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures as our students discover what is in our pond!"

The Southport Central School's Facebook page has some excellent photos of the explorations at the pond.