By Haley Tedder, Program Director

Thank you cards for the staff and volunteers from J. T. Williams Montessori.

Hey y’all, Haley Tedder Here!  I’m settling in to my role as Program Director and have enjoyed meeting all of the Catawba Riverkeeper’s members and friends when we’ve been out at events.  We were able to serve 375+ kids through our inaugural season of H2O: Hydro Hands-On!  We were able to provide environmental education field trips to 150+ students over four weeks.

I wanted to share a wonderful experience from this past Friday at Erwin Elementary in Lancaster, SC.  We were invited to participate in their STEAM Day where all kinds of presenters and professionals spoke to their K-5th grade students.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math where science-based inquiry takes place while incorporating elements of artistic expression.


We were able to interact with about half of the school’s 430 students over the course of the day.  Below you can see an example of the gel fish that we brought to introduce the kids to the fish that live in the Catawba River.  They were able to hold, poke, and squish 7 different life-size representations of fish like Largemouth bass, Northern Pike, and Perch.  The students had just as much fun as we did; we loved providing such a neat learning experience for these kids!











To finish out this wonderful day we were able to deliver two boxes of school supplies to Erwin Elementary students, provided by Classroom Central.  Classroom Central is a Charlotte-based non-profit that serves students at more than 200 school by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers.  You name it and this wonderful organization came through to give these teachers and students what they needed!

Pictured, Pat McFadden (L) and Ryan Jones (R) with tissues, disinfecting wipes, dry erase markers, crayons, STEM project supplies, glue, flashcards, and much more provided by classroom Central.
Our new educator Ann Hartlieb (R), trying on all of the SWAT Medic gear!