Mathews schools partner with Land Conservancy

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Aug 22, 2012 - 12:28 PM
Photo: Jen Kostyniuk, external affairs manager for Virginia Dominion Power’s Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region, presents a $5,000 check to Mathews County Schools superintendent David Holleran, left, and school board chairman John Persinger, right, to help get the Mathews Land Conservancy Williams Wharf Education Project off the ground. Also pictured, at far right, is MLC president Jim Smith. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Jen Kostyniuk, external affairs manager for Virginia Dominion Power’s Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region, presents a $5,000 check to Mathews County Schools superintendent David Holleran, left, and school board chairman John Persinger, right, to help get the Mathews Land Conservancy Williams Wharf Education Project off the ground. Also pictured, at far right, is MLC president Jim Smith. Photo by Charlie Koenig

“The sky is truly the limit.”
 
That’s how Mathews County Schools’ assistant superintendent Nancy Welch summed up the educational opportunities afforded the division by its new partnership with the Mathews Land Conservancy.
 
During Tuesday night’s meeting in the Mathews High School media center, the school board accepted $11,500 in grants that will provide the start-up capital needed to develop and implement curriculum for the Mathews Land Conservancy Williams Wharf Landing Education Project.
 
The school division is literally getting in at the ground floor of the new boathouse project at Williams Wharf, which is currently in the permitting process. Welch explained that the faculty didn’t want to wait for the building to be constructed to begin plans for developing a curriculum to take advantage of the myriad educational opportunities that the site and its new building will offer. These include history, environmental studies and the green technologies that will be used in the new building’s construction and operation, just to name a few.
 
“We can make this an educational destination,” Welch said, not just for Mathews students, but eventually for schools throughout the region and possibly even the entire state.