Dominion Energy, through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, has awarded Chesapeake Bay Academy a $4,500 grant to support the academy's new environmental project entitled, Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards.
The award aims to help students design and build an aquaponics system, which is a self-sustaining ecosystem of plants and sea life.
Project-based lessons in STEM and environmental education will be incorporated into the academy's middle and upper school curricula, including its Life Science, Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry courses.
The proposed project builds upon the NASCENT Center’s concepts around hands-on, science-based learning opportunities. NASCENT is the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center in Austin, Texas.
When the project's completed, the academy's science faculty will offer a presentation to the Virginia Academy of Science at its annual conference later this year.
"The grant is part of Dominion Energy’s commitment to environmental organizations and communities across the country and this year the company is awarding $1 million in grants to nearly 130 organizations, in 12 states, to help improve natural spaces and encourage environmental stewardship," said Dominion Energy spokesperson Bonita Harris. "Since 2003, the company has donated nearly $32 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint."
Over the years, Dominion Energy has partnered with the academy on numerous projects and because of its on-going support, the academy has helped hundreds of students reach their full potential, said Harris.
The grant was presented to the academy, at a recently held academic fair, by Dominion Energy Regional Director Max Bartholomew, External Affairs Manager Troy Lindsey and Media and Communications Relations Manager Bonita Harris.
The award was received by Dr. Judy Jankowski, the academy's head of school.
Kevin Foss, Upper School science teacher and Mindy Gumpert, an Old Dominion University doctoral student, were also present at the grant presentation, were instrumental in developing the project and will work with students on implementation, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
Gumpert will study the impact of the program related to building student ability in the area of scientific argumentation.
“Dominion Energy is noted throughout the country for their continued dedication to sustainability-related causes,” said Jankowski. “Their generous gift supports our exceptional learners and embraces the importance of teaching our next generation to appreciate and improve our environment.”
Established in 1989, Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated specifically to serving students who learn differently, said Jankowski. It specializes in educating children with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning differences.
For more information visit www.cba-va.org or call 757.497.6200.
Courtesy photo and photo caption: Grant presentation was made by Dominion Energy Regional Director Max Bartholomew, External Affairs Manager Troy Lindsey and Media and Communications Relations Manager Bonita Harris. The award was received by Dr. Judy Jankowski, CBA’s Head of School, at its recently held, annual Academic Fair. Also pictured with students: Kevin Foss, CBA Upper School Science teacher, and Mindy Gumpert, ODU doctoral student, who were instrumental in developing the project and will work with students on implementation, beginning next school year.