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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Outer Banks Woman’s Club Provides Scholarships for Manteo High School Students to Visit UNC CSI

The Outer Banks Woman’s Club continues to support UNC CSI Education Programs through generous donations that provide scholarships for local students to visit UNC CSI.  Funding from the club covers transportation expenses and program fees, which can prohibit local schools from field trip experiences.  In past years the club’s donations have also supported students in the Dare County Friends of Youth Program in attending UNC CSI Coastal Science Summer Camps.  
This year the club generously donated scholarship funding for Dare County High School Earth and Environmental Classes to visit UNC CSI in June to participate in a Sustainable Coastal Communities program.  The scholarships provided funding for two AP Earth and Environmental classes from Manteo High School.  Mr. Leary’s classes use the experiences at UNC CSI as their final exam.  The program at UNC CSI includes a field experience and a lab experience.  Students visit the Croatan Sound to investigate water quality, food webs, species abundance and shoreline change.  Students are also asked to design a coastal community that considers the needs of an ecosystem as well as the people that live in it.  The students use maps of Ocracoke to develop a coastal community that can be successful in a dynamic environment.   
Grants and donations from external funders such as the Outer Banks Women’s Club provide educational opportunities for local students. 
For more information on UNC Coastal Studies Institute programs please visit www.coastalstudiesinstitute.org.


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