Third graders from the Port Washington Public Schools visited Baxter pond for a lesson in the environment on a recent Friday. This is an annual program created by Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
The program was facing funding cuts, but , which opened a branch in Port Washington, stepped up as sponsor.
"We were thrilled to get involved with the program, especially as it ties in really perfectly with our education first initiative, which promotes life long learning by people of all ages," said Irene Ferrall, the bank's vice president and director of marketing communications. "We feel strongly that education and supporting education helps to strengthen a community."
Nicholas Stirling, assistant superintendent for the school district, gave the program high marks.
Said Stirling: "When we learn about environmental science at the elementary level, it’s one thing to read about it in a book, it’s another to go beyond the four walls of a classroom and actually take part in a situation where we’re studying pond life or observing nature in its natural state."