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Community volunteers teach middle schoolers about Chesapeake Bay

Mathews residents from a variety of backgrounds became teachers last Thursday as they shared their areas of special interest with students during Chesapeake Bay Day at Thomas Hunter Middle School.

While most people are thinking about Thanksgiving, said activity coordinator Janet Burgess, a few volunteers were “up for another serving of inquisitive sixth grade students, who were full of questions, excitement and curiosity.”

“Teachers are able to watch their sometime-disinterested students bloom with enthusiasm,” said Burgess, “and the THMS multipurpose room becomes an experiential laboratory.”

Chesapeake Bay Day is an annual learning opportunity for students to discover the maritime heritage of Mathews County and the environmental challenges of the Chesapeake Bay. Funded by the Mathews Market Days Committee, “Yesterday, Today on the Chesapeake Bay” was the theme for last Thursday’s event.

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