LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A wide variety of skilled and home-grown Pottsgrove School District performers – from rock bands, to vocal soloists, to poets and other spoken word artists (at top, right and below) – contributed performances Friday night (Jan. 12, 2018) in what has become a tradition at its high school: a “coffee house” to help cover students’ expenses during an April environmental studies trip to Wallops Island VA.
For only $5 admission at the door, and a dollar for snacks and beverages, students and adults filled the cafeteria inside the Kauffman Road building to enjoy hours of entertainment while supporting classmates. The annual trip to the Chesapeake Bay island gives up to 50 learners in grades 10-12 an opportunity to examine environmental evolution, ecosystem diversity, and patterns of natural changes.
Although the stage primarily spotlighted students displaying their artistic selves to their peers, faculty members chipped in too; the show opened with songs offered by biology teacher Gary Christ and his wife. Christ, appropriately dressed for the occasion in a green-and-white tie-dyed T-shirt, has taught science to Pottsgrove students since 1983 and is retiring this year.
Teachers reported the young performers’ preparations for the coffee house usually involve a mix of pride and angst: they’re eager to demonstrate their talents, they said, but worry about how they’ll be received. If the applause given early acts was any indication, the audience and performers alike seemed satisfied.
Although it competes for visitors against a NASA sub-orbital flight facility and herds of wild horses, Virginia’s tourism board ranks the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Wallops Island as its top travel attraction there. Work at and surrounding the field station will occupy much of the Pottsgrove students’ time during their April 15-18 trip. Its programs give participants insights into marine life, and include hands-on tasks to learn concepts in biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
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