Children from Crossing Rocks and nearby communities participated in a four week Summer Program hosted at The Schooner Bay Institute of Art and Science. Classes were comprised of two groups, ages five through nine, and ages ten through fourteen. The objective of the program was to provide educational and enjoyable experiences through hands on activities.
Topics covered were Horticulture, Entomology, Commercial Uses of the Forestry Ecosystem, Study of the Abaco Swallow, Food and Nutrition, and Art.
Mr. Glenn Kelly, owner of Driftwood Farms, opened the farm to the children for examining the benefits of hydroponic food production, along with demonstrating farming techniques. The younger children extracted seeds from dried okra pods and planted their own okra plants, which they took home at the end of the program. The older group transferred young papaya trees from containers to soil and monitored the benefits of a drip irrigation system.
The Atala caterpillar and butterfly, native to The Bahamas and Florida, and hosted strictly by the native Coontie plant were studied. Children then made paintings from their observations of the insects.
Mr. Steve Kennerly, retired from the forestry industry in the U.S. and a resident at Schooner Bay, demonstrated paper making from pine pulp. Paper Mâché projects were created by the older students, recycling outdated paper donated by Mr. Bradley Albury of The Abaconian.
Graduate students residing at The Schooner Bay Institute of Art and Science shared information gained in their study of the Abaco Swallow. A net was installed to demonstrate how the birds are delicately captured, tagged, and examined.
Food and Nutrition topics were covered as children made their own protein-rich healthy snacks. Peanut butter balls and homemade ice cream were enjoyed by all.
Various art activities were interwoven throughout the program, along with games played, and board games made to take home.
The Summer Program was directed by Mrs. Barbara Kennerly, assisted by teenagers Cierra Carroll and Joshua Kelly. Albert and Judy Mae Russell of Crossing Rocks gave a hand with registration and transportation. Donations from Dennis Lightbourne of Poinciana Farms and Schooner Bay residents provided the healthy snacks and other supplies.
Attending, in the younger group, were Ramone Burrows, Rudolph Burrows, India McKinney, Destiny McKinney, Patrick Bain, Aliza Bain, Kelis Winder, Tajhnique Walker, Janahje Williams, Aysia Williams, Akia Williams, and Braneisha Williams, and Avery Valentine.
Participating in the older group were Elvis Burrows, Jr., Maranda Walker, Alfred Bain, Davon Simms, Vaniqua Williams, Towanda Bain, Patyra Bain, Newillo Williams, Jr., Jaheem Smith, Daniel Kelly, and Robert Lightbourne.