Our aspiring marine biologists enjoyed an up-close encounter with the friendly dolphins of Marineland. Our dolphin friends consumed several buckets of fish during their morning meal (with help from our students). We also explored a variety of sea life and habitats including reef fish from the Gulf Stream, a giant hermit crab, a green moral eel, freshwater turtles, red lionfish, sea turtles and our favorite, sand tiger sharks. We all agreed that our guide, Mr. Darrell has a very cool job teaching kids about marine life. We had the best day at Marineland!
Great Kids scientists were all geared up to explore nearly 20 exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Students tested race cars, created music and rhythms, assembled roller coasters and examined the inner construction of buildings. The most popular exhibits included the Tennis Ball Launcher, Velcro Ball Fall, Pizza Place and Pull Yourself Up Pulley. Children's science notes summarized their investigations such as: "Sounds make pictures too." (1st grader) "When I threw a stronger pitch, the ball's speed increased." (4th grader) "The size of your heart is the size of your fist." (2nd grader) "I have 206 bones." (kindergarten student) "Using two wheels makes lifting easier." (3rd grader)
Great Kids girls' annual cheer event took place September 22nd under the Friday night lights of Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. Seabreeze High School Coach Amy Pantages welcomed Great Kids and provided Seabreeze Cheer tee shirts. Seabreeze cheerleaders and students were the perfect hosts, and our girls enjoyed face painting, performing gymnastics, and cheering with pom-poms! Thank you, Seabreeze High School, for making this such a fun event for our Great Kids girls and families. We LOVE Seabreeze Sandcrabs!
Osceola students welcomed Chief Mandarino from the Ormond Beach Fire Department. Chief Mandarino directs all the people working in the fire department and makes sure everyone knows what to do during emergencies. Chief Mandarino's #1 priority is making sure everyone is safe. Staying safe means being responsible citizens and following the laws. The Chief's most memorable time of service was during Hurricane Katrina when he led a team of firefighters in Louisiana for ten days. Thank you, Chief Mandarino, for sharing your career with us. You are a hero in our city!