National Geographic : 1992 Dec
When it comes to science, Shirley Wright has a simple method for getting her students' feet wet: she takes them to astream. This unique project is one of many that Shirley employs in her sixth grade class at Wilcox Elementary School in Pocatello, Idaho. "The goal of my science program;' Shirley explains,"is to teach the skills necessary for my students to become informed, responsible citizens and to encourage respect for the earth' Her stream ecology program does exactly that. The students identify not only the fish in the stream, but many of the living organisms that make up this diverse ecosystem. They also examine the quality of the habitat, learning how critical the health of the environment isto the diversity of animal and plant life. The discoveries made inthis one day inspire weeks of classroom discussion and learning. "The wonderful thing about this project;' says Shirley, "isthat it stimulates their interest in all areas of science'.' That's why State Farm ishonored to present Shirley with our Good Neighbor Award. We are also delighted to make a contribution of $5,000 to Wilcox Elementary School in her name. Shirley Wright. Through her stream ecology program, she's teaching students that the definition of a good neighbor isnot only how we treat others, but how we treat our environment. INSURANCE STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices:Bloomington,Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed incooperation with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).