MES students clean up oil spill


Project inspired by Deepwater Horizon disaster

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Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Jamison Parks, Janiyah Glenn, Zy Jeter, and Eva Jolly work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill, including cleaning up animals caught in the spill.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Mia Sherbert, Keyuannah Ruth, Ni’Asia Lindsey and Emma Hart work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill. Teachers placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to let students see what happens to animals caught in an oil spill and work to rescue and clean them.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Celine Bell, Jayson Thompson, and Benton Ivey work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then given a limited amount of materials and resources to try and clean up the oil spill.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Cade Coker, Ben Fowler, Luke Robbins,Trinity Smith and Tierrany Jeter work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Here the students used the materials and resources they were given to clean up the oil spill. Their teachers had also placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to give students an idea of what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students also had to clean the feathers just as they would real animals.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harrison Lawson and Wyatt Yarbrough work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then provided with materials and resources to clean up the oil spill.


Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Andrew Anders, Nevaeh Tisdale, and Tristan Davis work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Students then worked to clean up the oil spill using materials and resources provided by their teachers. Feathers were placed in the oil and water mixture as well to simulate what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students had to clean them as well.


MONARCH — A real life environmental disaster seven years ago helped inspire a recent classroom project for some students at Monarch Elementary School.

In a statement released this past Friday, the school announced that its fifth grade students “were recently tasked with something very challenging. The students in all of the fifth grade classes worked together to clean up an oil spill.”

The press release states that in the fifth grade, MES students “learn about oil spills and their effects on the environment. Preceding this lesson the students learned about the devastating oil spill of 2010. The classes discussed the impact this disaster had on our country.”

The disaster the students learned about and discussed was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which began on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The explosion caused what is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in history. Before the well site was finally sealed 4.9 million barrels of oil had been released into the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic environmental disaster that took a heavy toll on marine and wildlife habitats. The oil spill also had a disastrous impact on the economy of the area due to the damage done to the fishing and tourism industries.

The press release states that after learning about the oil spill and discussing its impact, the students “were given a set amount of materials and resources to use in their clean up. They were asked to design and execute just like engineers and work together not only to clean up the oil spill but to clean the ‘animals’ involved in the spill. The teachers placed feathers in the oil and water mixture so that the students could understand the effects of the spill on animals.”

It concludes by stating that each student involved in the project “rose to the challenge” of cleaning up the oil spill.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Jamison Parks, Janiyah Glenn, Zy Jeter, and Eva Jolly work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill, including cleaning up animals caught in the spill.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Jamison Parks, Janiyah Glenn, Zy Jeter, and Eva Jolly work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill, including cleaning up animals caught in the spill.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Mia Sherbert, Keyuannah Ruth, Ni’Asia Lindsey and Emma Hart work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill. Teachers placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to let students see what happens to animals caught in an oil spill and work to rescue and clean them.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-6.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Mia Sherbert, Keyuannah Ruth, Ni’Asia Lindsey and Emma Hart work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. They were then given materials to use to work together to clean up the oil spill. Teachers placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to let students see what happens to animals caught in an oil spill and work to rescue and clean them.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Celine Bell, Jayson Thompson, and Benton Ivey work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then given a limited amount of materials and resources to try and clean up the oil spill.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Celine Bell, Jayson Thompson, and Benton Ivey work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then given a limited amount of materials and resources to try and clean up the oil spill.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Cade Coker, Ben Fowler, Luke Robbins,Trinity Smith and Tierrany Jeter work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Here the students used the materials and resources they were given to clean up the oil spill. Their teachers had also placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to give students an idea of what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students also had to clean the feathers just as they would real animals.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-5.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Cade Coker, Ben Fowler, Luke Robbins,Trinity Smith and Tierrany Jeter work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Here the students used the materials and resources they were given to clean up the oil spill. Their teachers had also placed feathers in the oil and water mixture to give students an idea of what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students also had to clean the feathers just as they would real animals.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harrison Lawson and Wyatt Yarbrough work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then provided with materials and resources to clean up the oil spill.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Harrison Lawson and Wyatt Yarbrough work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. The students were then provided with materials and resources to clean up the oil spill.

Photo courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Andrew Anders, Nevaeh Tisdale, and Tristan Davis work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Students then worked to clean up the oil spill using materials and resources provided by their teachers. Feathers were placed in the oil and water mixture as well to simulate what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students had to clean them as well.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Clean-Up-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Monarch Elementary School Andrew Anders, Nevaeh Tisdale, and Tristan Davis work together to clean up an oil spill during a classroom project at Monarch Elementary School. The project was inspired by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico. The students learned about the disaster and discussed its impact on America. Students then worked to clean up the oil spill using materials and resources provided by their teachers. Feathers were placed in the oil and water mixture as well to simulate what happens to animals caught in an oil spill. The students had to clean them as well.
Project inspired by Deepwater Horizon disaster

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