January, 2013 Update!
Broadway High School Science Teacher Brad Erney, students Kelly Dean, and Devyn Smith, with Project Leader Watt Bradshaw thank Supporters for their generous financial contributions.
$1964 Awarded (December, 2012)
Saving Virginia High School Field Education is partially funded by Ahyayha Supporters. Funds go to the Broadway High School Science Department to help offset the total cost of this program, described below. The funding period for this project closed January 1, 2013.
Ed Rissler, former chemistry teacher at Broadway High School, helped his students use science to protect their local streams and rivers, and ultimately the region’s water supply. The students have constructed a floating monitoring station for collecting a constant flow of data from local streams and rivers.
Several students, already so inspired by what they’ve learned, have gone on to pursue related studies on the college level at nearby James Madison University.
Now, to expand their research and get more kids directly involved, Broadway High School science department wants to raise money help sustain the project. They need funds for ongoing buoy repairs and equipment maintenance, expenses for travel and supplies.
They also need to restock chemical test kits so students can go out in the field and measure water quality at specific locations by hand.
Contributions for this $6250 project from ahyayha will be awarded to Rockingham County Schools to create a science department fund for water quality testing, and to offset recurring expenses for field education programs. Any additional funds raised above the goal will go toward sustaining these efforts for a longer period and over a wider area.
But energy companies have recently begun exploring for natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” rights in the Shenandoah Valley. Fracking is the process of injecting large quantities of chemicals deep into the ground under high pressure to increase the flow of natural gas to wells. Combined with related processes on the surface, including the containment and disposal of the waste chemicals, it has been led to contamination of water supplies in several regions of the country. Well water is the primary source of drinking water in the Valley for the vast majority of people who live here, and the Shenandoah River and its tributary streams are fed by springs where groundwater comes to the surface.
Local citizens need historical data on water quality to enforce environmental standards and protect their water from contamination. This project not only provides valuable data to the community, but encourages young people to take direct action with the power of science and measurable evidence.
Please help support our public schools to get kids out of the classroom and into the great outdoors.