The Suburban Acres Civic League joined 16 other donors to fund a DonorsChoose.org project that sent 100 PreK-2 students from Suburban Park Elementary School to the Nauticus Museum in April. Below is the letter we received from the teacher at Suburban Park Elementary. Thanks to YOU, our community, for helping these young scholars learn about the importance of the local waterways to Norfolk and Hampton Roads.
Dear Suburban Acres Civic League,
Thank you so much for the donation. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip. There was so much to see, many of them didn’t want to leave.
The trip began with a slide show of creatures in the waterways and artifacts for the children to actually touch and ask questions about. The children were fascinated by the exoskeletons and other parts of water creatures. The presenter even spoke with them individually. Some of the children stayed back in the room with the giant screen to enjoy a movie on water creatures.
There was more to explore so we went off to tour the Naval museum which included a tour of a real battleship-The Wisconsin. The children enjoyed it so much they wanted to stay in the bunk-beds! Inside the museum tour, they saw sharks, drove speedboats over the water (only virtually!), and marveled at the water creatures all around them. They even got to use the dual hoist cranes to move cargo containers! Even now, after a month, as we discuss jobs people do, while reading a book about captains my students have exclaimed, “That’s like the one who drove the ship!” Thank you for making this amazing experience possible!
Mrs. D Luc