PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The educators and administrators of the Hathaway Elementary School in Portsmouth have received the Audubon 2019 Educators of the Year Award.
They are being honored for their dedication and collaborative efforts to bring environmental education to their students and their ongoing commitment to providing hands-on science and nature experiences in the classroom.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island recognized the school at the society’s annual meeting held on Oct. 20, 2019.
The school’s new schoolyard habitat project, created by a collaborative team of Hathaway Elementary School administrators, teachers, students and families is an exemplary model for other schools to follow.
A pollinator garden and other plantings are not only beautiful and beneficial for wildlife, but also engage students in science programs and other subjects across the curriculum.
Furthermore, Hathaway School second grade teachers have invited Audubon educators into their classrooms for several years to enhance student learning about nature and the environment. Audubon has also facilitated a number of after school programs at the school.
The Audubon Society applauds the educators and administrators of the Hathaway Elementary School for their dedication to environmental education that creates a greater awareness of the local environment.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is an independent not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of birds, wildlife, and their habitats through environmental education, advocacy, and land conservation.
The state’s first environmental organization, the society now protects nearly 10,000 acres in a network of refuges, pristine properties and wildlife habitats. One of the largest private environmental educators in the state, in 2016 Audubon education staff reached approximately 20,000 people across the region.