The Ticonderoga Middle School Living Biology class has helped with the school nature trail project, which is located behind the Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School. From left are Sam Shelmidine, Colvin Chapman, Tim Ryan, teacher Janet Mallon and Mackenzie Strum.
A group of Ticonderoga Middle School students have been hard at work outside the classroom.
The eighth grade Living Biology class has been raising money for a pair of field trip and a school project.
“Two of the goals we set in the beginning of the year were to participate in two out-of-town field trip experiences,” said Janet Mallon, who teaches the Regents class. “Massive fundraising needed to be done to achieve that goal. Another goal was to help complete the middle school nature trail project.”
The first goal is being realized today. Students are in New York City to visit the American Museum of Natural History. The cost of the trip is about $1,300, Mallon noted, all of it secured by students.
The next goal is a trip to the Minds On “DNA in the Courtroom” workshop in Glens Falls March 20. That trip will cost up to $625.
“Many fundraising avenues have been pursued,” Mallon said. “Box Tops for Education are still being collected and redeemed. The Ticonderoga Elks allowed the students to wait tables at one of their dinners in exchange for a donation. Two local businesses, The Windchill and Sugar ‘n Spice, allowed our more musically-inclined students to entertain patrons who generously donated money. Students held a Thanksgiving pie raffle, selling tickets in the cafeteria for two weeks before the Thanksgiving break. Cans were collected at football games and in the school and then the cans were redeemed for the deposit money.”
The student council is organizing a “Gum Chewing Day.” Those proceeds will go to the biology class field trip fund.
The class still needs to raise about $200 before the March 20 workshop in Glens Falls. The New York City trip is funded.
“Both field trips are geared to New York State learning standards and hold a high educational value as well as a more subjective experiential value of seeing other parts of the state and interacting with diverse populations,” Mallon said.
The class has also helped with the school nature trail project, which is located behind the Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School.
PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Lake George Association staff and Mallon worked together to get funding for the nature trail through SCA Tissue of Glens Falls. That money helped purchase seven nature trail interpretive signs.
Emily DeBolt of the Lake George Association and Mallon collaborated to create the text and visuals for each sign. The signs and posts were then professionally made. John Reale and others donated time and equipment to broaden the trails. They also lay down a studier trail material and secured the sign posts into the ground. The biology students helped to affix the signs to the posts.
“If you have not yet had a chance to walk the trails and read the new signs, you should pick a nice day to stroll the trails,” Mallon said.
The upkeep of the trails is an ongoing task that Mallon incorporates into her teaching about ecology and environmental stewardship.
‘We would like to thank all the people and organizations in the area that have helped us toward reaching our goals for this year,” Mallon said. “It takes a lot of hard work over a long period of time from many, many generous people and organizations.”