Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Ward welcome teachers from the Norfolk Public Schools
“There were tears in my eyes lots. The day changed a lot of folk’s lives,” says Elizabeth River Project’s Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director – Education, describing a day of empowerment with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and their top environmental staff on Dec. 9, 2015. “There I something extremely special about our team, too,” she said of the team of 14 Norfolk Public Schools teachers and advisors who made the trip to work on a new curriculum about the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay. “I’ve never experienced a team that has such great energy.”
The Norfolk team met personally with the Governor for about 20 minutes, during which he congratulated the Elizabeth River Project and Norfolk Public Schools for carrying out his directives to teach students about the Chesapeake Bay through meaningful outdoor experiences such at our Dominion Virginia Power Learning Barge, America’s Greenest Vessel. Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and some of her top staffers from several agencies then briefed the teachers on pressing state environmental issues. In the afternoon, the team set to work in a room of the Capital on a comprehensive new curriculum about the Elizabeth River as part of the bay.
“We accomplished a ton,” Robin said. The visit was funded in part by a NOAA B-Wet Grant to Elizabeth River Project. Thanks to the grant, the Norfolk team also is visiting outdoor classrooms in Baltimore and Delaware for inspiration.