NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2013

Silent auction to fund ecology school for fifth-graders


Newburyport Daily News

---- — ROWLEY — The fourth-grade parents of Pine Grove School, with the support of the Rowley Public Education Fund, Inc., are inviting residents and businesses to make a difference in the education of a child.

In the fall, the fifth-grade students at Pine Grove School will attend the Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, Maine. FBES is a five-day program that teaches children about many different habitats, the wildlife that lives in them and about human impact on those environments. Because Ferry Beach Ecology School teaches many concepts that correlate to the Massachusetts State Standards for Science, the fifth-graders not only gain knowledge through excellent hands-on learning experiences, but they also learn the importance and respect for the environment.

Approximately 15 percent of the students do not have the financial means to attend the week-long program. This year the fourth-grade parents are hosting approximately 150 people at the annual silent auction, “No time for a Siesta! We’re having a Fiesta!” to help defray the costs of the camp ($32,850 — $450/student). The event will be held at the Ipswich Country Club in Ipswich on May 3. They are in need of donated auction items for the silent auction. Donations of any kind would be greatly appreciated.

Donations are tax-deductible. Triton Regional School District includes all families with elementary and secondary-aged school children throughout Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury.

For more, contact Tina Winnick at 978-948-2225, jtwinnick@verizon.net; 18 Mill River Lane, Rowley, MA 01969.