Civic League students visit Chattanooga Aquarium

The Wilson County Civic League's tutoring program took advantage of spring break this week to take students on a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium.
Mar 21, 2013
WCCL 1  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Camryn Primm gets a close look at a jellyfish at the Chattanooga Aquarium during a visit by the Wilson County Civic League's tutoring program students.
WCCL 2  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Kaylea Harper and Nevah Manning get up-close and personal with a starfish during the Wilson County Civic League's tutoring program's trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium.
WCCL 3  Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

Kayvontae Ellison keeps his eyes closed as he pets a snake at the Chattanooga Aquarium while Bryson Kelly observes from a safe distance.

 

The Wilson County Civic League's tutoring program took advantage of spring break this week to take students on a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium.

WCCL staff, volunteers and parents got on the bus to watch over the students as they got up-close and personal with aquatic creatures, stepped into a shark cage and used interactive displays to learn something in the midst of their fun.

"It's a great way to enhance learning," said WCCL President Ronnie Kelley.

WCCL Vice President Harry Watkins agreed.

"It's always a good investment," he said. The Wilson County Civic League’s tutoring program took advantage of spring break this week to take students on a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium.
WCCL staff, volunteers and parents got on the bus to watch over the students as they got up-close and personal with aquatic creatures, stepped into a shark cage and used interactive displays to learn something in the midst of their fun.
“It’s a great way to enhance learning,” said WCCL President Ronnie Kelley.
WCCL Vice President Harry Watkins agreed.
“It’s always a good investment,” he said.
Leslyne Watkins is the coordinator of the WCCL tutoring program, which gives children in Lebanon’s inner-city neighborhoods a safe place to go after school where they can have fun and make sure they are making good grades. She said the WCCL volunteers were a Godsend when it came to keeping up with a group of active kids.
“We’ve taken this trip once before with different students and staff,” she said. “It’s always a wonderful experience. There is so much to learn here. I liked the kid-friendly learning tools – push a lighted button and information on the species lights up. It’s simple, attractive and easy for children to read.”
The students each had a favorite creature. Alan Martinez liked stingrays, McKayla Owens preferred sharks, while Navah Manning liked otters and penguins. Camryn Primm got a kick out of seahorses, and Keyvontae Ellison preferred to live dangerously by petting sharks and a snake. Kendrell Ellison voted for the Devil Fish. Talaysia Jackson couldn’t decide, declaring “everything” when asked to name a favorite.
The group, which went to the aquarium in matching orange WCCL T-shirts, rounded out the trip with a visit to McDonald’s and Program Director Regina Symonett, who is also a teacher at Byars Dowdy Elementary School, distributed “fun awards,” as well.
The WCCL Tutoring Program is always looking for donations and volunteers. For more information about how to help the group, call Leslyne Watkins at 615-444-3175.

 

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