Dominion Energy Awards Environmental Stewardship Grant to Chesapeake Bay Academy
Chesapeake Bay Academy is pleased to announce that Dominion Energy, through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, has awarded CBA a grant of $4,500 in support of their new project, Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards. The grant is part of Dominion Energy’s commitment to environmental organizations and communities across the country. This year Dominion Energy is awarding $1 million in grants to nearly 130 organizations in 12 states to help improve natural spaces and encourage environmental stewardship. Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $32 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint.
CBA’s award will allow their students to design and build an Aquaponics System – a self-sustaining ecosystem of plants and sea life. Project-based lessons in STEM and environmental education will be incorporated into the middle and upper school curricula including Life Science, Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry courses. The proposed Aquaponics System project builds upon the NASCENT Center’s concepts around hands-on, science-based learning opportunities. Upon completion of the project, CBA science faculty will offer a presentation to the Virginia Academy of Science at their annual conference.
“Dominion Energy is noted throughout the country for their continued dedication to sustainability-related causes,” Dr. Jankowski stated. “Their generous gift supports our exceptional learners and embraces the importance of teaching our next generation to appreciate and improve our environment.” Over the years, Dominion Energy has partnered with CBA on numerous projects and because of its on-going support, CBA has helped hundreds of students reach their full potential.
The grant was presented to Chesapeake Bay Academy by Dominion Energy Regional Director Max Bartholomew, External Affairs Manager Troy Lindsey, and Media & Communications Relations Manager Bonita Harris. The award was received by Dr. Judy Jankowski, CBA’s Head of School, at the annual Academic Fair. Kevin Foss, Upper School Science Teacher, and Mindy Gumpert, Doctoral student at Old Dominion University, 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. Ms. Gumpert will study the impact of the program related to building student ability in the area of scientific argumentation.
Established in 1989, Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated specifically to serving students who learn differently. CBA specializes in educating children with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning differences. With a focus on hands-on and project based learning, CBA is committed to preparing students to be great environmental stewards and to improving our region’s wondrous natural environment.
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