Student members of a new water patrol program gathered for classroom training on September 15 to prepare for monthly boat patrols of local waterways. The effort is led by Miami Waterkeeper, a Miami-based non-profit dedicated to protecting Biscayne Bay and the surrounding watershed. The organization is also using a lab at the Upper School to do weekly testing of bay waters.
Miami Waterkeeper’s water patrol program trains volunteers to observe, document, and report issues that they may encounter on the water. Several RE students are also participating in the Miami Waterkeeper’s Junior Ambassador environmental leadership training program this semester.
"We are thrilled to partner with Ransom Everglades for this important new series of programs,” said Rachel Silverstein, executive director of Miami Waterkeeper. “We will cover science, policy, leadership, boat skills and personal responsibility. We are excited to work with the incredible students, staff and faculty to cultivate a new generation of informed and empowered stewards."
Forty-five students ranging from sixth to 10th grades participated in the first training under Miami Waterkeeper staff, including Emily Hernandez ’13, an operations coordinator who started with the organization as a summer intern in 2017. RE faculty members Kelly Jackson, Kristine Stump and Corie Charpentier have spearheaded the effort on RE’s campuses. Other science faculty including Head of the Upper School Ken Mills, Scott Erdmann, Brooke Gintert, Alexandra Gunner and Doug Heller ’80 have assisted.
RE’s water patrol program will allow students to join monthly boat patrols of the local waterways. Results of bay-water testing will be publicly available on Miami Waterkeeper's free "Swim Guide" app.
To follow Miami Waterkeeper's work, check out the organization on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at www.miamiwaterkeeper.org.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.