National Geographic : 2000 Jul
e OK, so the mountains of Wyoming may not be S the best place to teach children about oceanography. But then fifth grade teacher Linda Hileman would never let the fact she lives 1,500 the. miles from the ocean ruin a good lesson rs plan. Infact, she not only teaches her class about our undersea world, she takes them there thanks to a little imagination and lots of borrowed scuba equipment. With the aid of several certified safety divers, Mrs. Hileman familiarizes her students with the equipment and basic techniques of scuba diving. Then she takes them diving at a neighborhood pool set up with underwater activity stations. There the students attempt tasks such as riding a tricycle, communicating via hand signals and other work-related tasks that give them an appreciation for the difficulties oceanographers face living and working underwater. For helping her land-locked students immerse themselves inthe science of oceanography, State Farm is proud to present Linda Hileman with our Good Neighbor Award® and to donate $5,000 in her name to the Saratoga Elementary School Library, in Saratoga, Wyoming. TATEFA Good L Neighbor ancI' Award® STATEFARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois statefarm.com~ The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with The National Science Teachers Association.