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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

El­e­men­tary stu­dents from the Wind­ham-Ash­land-Jewett Sci­ence Club be­gan their sci­en­tific jour­ney of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion on Oct. 14. This year’s club will be all about ex­per­i­ment­ing with soil and plants to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about water, soil, plants and pol­lu­tion through hands-on ex­per­i­men­ta­tion over the course of the school year.

The Oc­to­ber meet­ing marked the launch of the club’s ex­per­i­ment de­signed to test the ef­fects of us­ing dif­fer­ent soil sub­strates on plant growth. The stu­dents got the op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare three dif­fer­ent soil sub­strates for use in “The Edi­ble Grow Wall.” This al­ter­na­tive grow­ing sys­tem en­ables its users to uti­lize in­door space to cul­ti­vate plants and is per­fect for stu­dent in­quiry and ex­plo­ration.

Deb Va­le­rio, a sci­ence teacher at Wind­ham-Ash­land-Jewett; and An­drew Ran­dazzo, an en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor from Cor­nell Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion, also led the stu­dents in col­lect­ing soil sam­ples out­side the Agro­forestry Re­source Cen­ter. The sam­ples were used to teach stu­dents about the soil pro­file and how water trav­els un­der­ground.

The WAJ Sci­ence Club would not be pos­si­ble with­out the fi­nan­cial sup­port of The Wind­ham Foun­da­tion. The next ses­sion of the WAJ Sci­ence Club will take place on Nov. 18.

Ulster BOCES CISCO stu­dent and New York State Area 4 Skill­sUSA Vice Pres­i­dent Ge­or­gian­nah Lan­ders of Franklin D. Roo­sevelt High School in Hyde Park trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., along with a na­tional con­tin­gent of Skill­sUSA members, to meet with their con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The visit was part of a Skill­sUSA Wash­ing­ton Lead­er­ship Train­ing In­sti­tute con­fer­ence aimed to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

Dur­ing the five-day trip, Lan­ders at­tended sev­eral lead­er­ship work­shops, toured the Pen­tagon Me­mo­rial, Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery and the Holo­caust Mu­seum. She also met with U.S. Rep. Chris Gib­son, RKin­der­hook, and staff members from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand’s of­fice. Lan­ders dis­cussed the value of her Ulster BOCES Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, as well as the “skills gap” that ex­ists in to­day’s work­force. She also lob­bied for con­tin­ued sup­port for the Carl D. Perkins Act, leg­is­la­tion that fi­nan­cially sup­ports ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion. Dur­ing her visit, Lan­ders earned the Na­tional Skill­sUSA States­man award, the high­est achieve­ment for a Skill­sUSA stu­dent.

“The value of this trip was in­cal­cu­la­ble,” Lan­ders said in a press re­lease.

“The net­work­ing and work­shops alone were worth ev­ery cent, but be­ing able to speak face to face with our con­gress­man will go down as one of my most mem­o­rable mo­ments.” The Wash­ing­ton Lead­er­ship Train­ing In­sti­tute is a “cap­stone” lead­er­ship and cit­i­zen­ship-train­ing event.

On Sept. 17, the Sauger­ties Pub­lic Li­brary’s team earned sev­enth place in this year’s Bat­tle of the Books, a book trivia com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing 23 local li­braries’ teams of studnets in grades 6 through 9. Team members, back row, from left: Rowan Dedolph, Thane Simera, Sha­ran Sekhon, Xea Kirk­land, Ge­or­gia Dedolph, Coach Christine Pacuk and Molly Slater. Front row, from left: Eoin Fitzger­ald, Jack Reece and Jace Misiano.

Members of the Wind­ham-Ash­land-Jewett El­e­men­tary Sci­ence Club pre­pare three dif­fer­ent soil sub­strates to be­gin their soil ex­per­i­ments.

Ge­or­gian­nah Lan­ders of Franklin D. Roo­sevelt High School, right, with U.S. Rep. Chris Gib­son, R-Kin­der­hook, cen­ter, Alex Leggett of Bain­bridge-Guil­ford High School.

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