Ivy Academy To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For Its "Floating Classroom"

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ivy Academy will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its recently renovated Tennessee River Water Quality Monitoring Vessel, the “Floating Classroom” at Harbor Lights Marina in Soddy Daisy, TN at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 13 and will include music by the Ivy Academy Chorus, light refreshments, and oar driven tours.


“We’re happy to introduce our newest learning adventure to our students, the community, and to all those who helped make this dream a reality,” said Angela Markum, Executive Director of Ivy Academy.  “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Water Quality Monitoring Vessel and ‘Floating Classroom’ marks the launch of a new era in community service and outdoor education.”


“Our students will be involved in regular assessments of water quality at four locations on the North Chickamauga Creek and one location on the Tennessee River. We will assess for chemical, physical, and biological properties at each location and then compare our data to see how the various properties affect the life in the water course,” said Stephanie Kiefer, Environmental Science Educator at Ivy Academy.     


Leaf Myzack of the Sustainability Teaching Farm built the watercraft in 2004. He was granted money to build the vessel specifically for water quality monitoring purposes. Early 2013, he graciously gifted it to Ivy Academy whose students, parents, and community volunteers have since renovated the boat and are proud to announce it is now ready for student use.


The first student excursion will be in early October.  Ivy Academy’s tenth grade class will participate in the Tennessee River Rescue as part of the River Pollution Project. Through project based experiences such as these, we hope the students learn to appreciate the local waterways and learn the importance of water quality to a sustainable future. Our hope is that our students become lifelong environmental stewards in our community.


Ivy Academy is an environmental charter school that sits at the mouth of the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge in Soddy Daisy, TN. The creeks and rivers play an important role in the academic experience for the school’s grade 9-12 students. Ivy Academy places a strong emphasis on outdoor education and project based learning.  


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