Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045
For Immediate Release
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Hull Schools Participate in the Community Partnership for Resilience to Teach Students about Climate Change
HULL — Superintendent Michael Devine is pleased to announce that Hull middle and elementary schools are participating in the Community Partnership for Resilience (CPR) project so that students can gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change.
CPR aims to empower youth and facilitate their involvement in local climate resilience work. Working with educators and climate change experts, science teachers and students in grades four through seven will create public education projects to develop their understanding of the local effects of global warming.
The project is funded in part by a two-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, with the New England Aquarium and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council guiding the work.
Hull is in the second year of the grant, with the first focused on researching a specific area of study surrounding climate change. Last year, Assistant Superintendent Judy Kuehn met with a team from CPR as well as local experts from Hull on four occasions to determine a theme for students’ projects.
On Sept. 18, seventh grade science teacher Joanna Frazier attended a regional meeting of grant recipients at the New England Aquarium to present on Hull’s projects, which will focus on how storm surge will affect the town.
Throughout the year, students will engage in a variety of different projects and complete mini labs, where they’ll analyze and review scientific data provided by NOAA. The goal is for children to better understand climate change-related issues that affect Hull, like the rising sea level, precipitation/flooding and extreme heat.
At the end of the school year, students will complete culminating STEAM projects within the community by integrating visual arts to communicate scientific data from NOAA related to Hull. Experts in climate change will be available to assist students throughout their studies.
“This program has two important goals,” explained Frazier. “First, we want students to understand the challenges and the resources within their community. Second, we want students to respond to an issue such as global warming in a way that will have a positive impact on their community by overcoming challenges and drawing upon community resources.”