Crash course in crustaceans
This fall, three Gros Morne Academy Grade 11 students exploring volunteer opportunities for their Career Development class approached Bonne Bay Marine Station. Staff were delighted to have extra help from students like Hailey Pittman, Megan Genge and Kara Gerrow, who were interested in working in the Memorial University facility located in their community.
The career development class requires students to do 30 hours of community service to fulfill their credit requirements. Hailey, Megan and Kara have all punched approximately 20 hours working in the aquarium since September. They have also been filling hours at the local Bonne Bay Hospital.
The duties of the three enthusiastic teens include animal husbandry, aquarium maintenance, cleaning tanks, feeding and keeping the wintering creatures clean and healthy until the public aquarium reopens on the May 24th weekend.
Megan, a resident of Norris Point, plans to go to university and is interested in psychology. She says working in the aquarium is new and fun. She is learning things that she would not normally learn in school, such as preparing whole squid for feeding.
Haley is also from Norris Point and is interested in studying in medical field at university. She claims that sea stars are her favorite and she loves volunteering because not everyone gets an opportunity to work closely with marine creatures.
Kara is from Rocky Harbour and is hoping to get a B.Sc. before going on to medical School she enjoys working in the aquarium because she feels she is learning even more about biology than she would from a textbook. The hands-on learning she is gaining from volunteering at the station has given her a new appreciation for our oceans and the unique creatures that inhabit them.
The Bonne Bay Marine Station would like to extend an enormous thanks to Megan, Hailey and Kara. The three would definitely recommend the experience to future career development students at Gros Morne Academy.