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Corpus Christi and Saint Mary’s School Team Up for Annual “Science Day” on May 17 | Community Spirit

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Corpus Christi and Saint Mary’s School Team Up for Annual “Science Day” on May 17

SPRING LAKE, Mich., April 20, 2012 – Students from Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland and Saint Mary’s School in Spring Lake are teaming up for the third year in a row to present their science projects  at the annual “Science Day” on May 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Corpus Christi School, 12100 Quincy Street, Holland.

The event brings together students from fifth-through-eighth grades at both schools to showcase their science projects and unit projects they developed during the school year to share with their counterparts in an afternoon of science inquiry.

“The students take ownership in what they have learned because they are responsible for presenting a capsule summary of their projects,” said Amy Giroux, teacher with Saint Mary’s School.

As a science teacher, Giroux takes pride in watching students articulate what they learned from their projects.  She sees a sense of accomplishment they experience in a job well done.

“This benchmark is worth more than a grade on a report card,” said Giroux.

During the year, students take field trips that revolve around some form of water quality, plus they take dune walks and participate in a beach clean-up project.

“These activities are launching points that our science projects center on and include the Great Lakes and its water resources, the vegetation and animals found in our dunes, plus the importance of stewardship and taking care of our environment,” said Giroux.

One of the presentations involves sharing combined technology and a science unit where students research a scientist and then generate a scrapbook about the scientist.

The “Science Day” event is free and open to the general public. Anyone interested in attending or those who have questions about the event should contact Amy Giroux at Saint Mary’s School at:  616/842-1282 for further information.

Saint Mary’s Parish School in its current location was opened in 1954 with 150 students enrolled in grades three through eight.  In 1955, grades one and two were added.  Enrollment increased every year up to 1965-66 when 330 students were enrolled.  Since the mid-1970s enrollment has remained steady around 200 students.

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church has served the community for 140 years.  In April 2006, the new 22,000 square foot Parish Center was completed and dedicated by Bishop Walter Hurley during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.  The mission of Saint Mary’s Parish reads:  Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Christian Community of Saint Mary dedicate ourselves to living the Good News of Jesus Christ, primarily through worship, education, love and service to all.