On Tuesday, November 5th, 25 students from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point’s Environmental Club traveled to Sunset Hills Farm. The students ranged from 3rd graders to 6th graders and were led by Principal Tom Ruiz and 5th-grade teacher, Miss Casey Thies. They were joined by former science teacher, Mr. Steve Davis. On this trip, students got the opportunity to learn more about the ecosystems around the area as well as the animals that use it as their habitat. To begin, students had the chance to feed and pet animals such as goats, ponies, chickens, turkeys, and ponies at the farm on the property. From there, students took a wagon ride to different areas of the farm to learn more about the diverse ecosystems. The ecosystems the students visited were the prairie, the wetland, and the woods. Two fifth-graders, Jaci Dumas and Logan Hamnik, both said, “Learning about all the different ecosystems and animals, taught us how to keep them safe.'' Overall, the students had a wonderful experience and brought new information back to their classrooms to share with their friends. “I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family about what we learned and how to keep the community healthy,'' said student Mason Ewing. The three missions of the club are Education, Protection, and Appreciation.
St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point was opened in 1872. The school offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through eight and is the largest school in the Diocese of Gary. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology. All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as Academic Team, Chess Club, Math Bowl, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, Scouts, Environmental Club, WSMW NewsCast, athletics and more. A complete list of extra-curriculars can be found on the school’s website. To learn more about St. Mary’s School visit stmarycp.org/school.