An Underwater Classroom for the Day
Monday, March 2nd, 2015
It is only when we look through the eyes of the next generation that we understand the importance of protecting what we have today. The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage transported 35 students of Grace Primary Anglican School from the concrete classroom to the underwater classroom of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on Wednesday, February 25. A glass bottom boat opened up the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef to the awe-filled students, whom for many the trip was the first to Belize’s offshore.
The exploration at Hol Chan Marine Reserve allowed students to see corals, nurse sharks, stingrays and fish. Unscheduled show of nature’s splendor happened on the return boat trip to Belize as a pod of dolphins performed, seemingly synchronized, drawing applause and thrill from the students. Their excitement only grew as the dolphins came only a few feet away from the boat to explore.
While on San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) introduced birding to students who were excited to learn the real names of commonly known birds such as the Brown Pelican commonly known as Pelican and the Grey-tailed Grackle commonly known as Black Bird.
The trip was the 1st place prize won by Amber McKay of Grace Primary Anglican School from an art competition the Coalition held under the theme “Belize with a Properly Planned Oil Industry vs. an Improperly Planned Oil Industry”.
Please help support Local Journalism in Belize
For the first time in the history of the island's community newspaper, The San Pedro Sun is appealing to their thousands of readers to help support the paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991 we have tirelessly provided vital local and national news. Now, more than ever, our community depends on us for trustworthy reporting, but our hard work comes with a cost. We need your support to keep delivering the news you rely on each and every day. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Please support us by making a contribution.Click to Donate