I am now in the ninth grade. I still remember the FBES field trip and it was so much fun! By far, my favorite memory is the food! Everything was so yummy! Try everything even if you don't think you'll like it because you're only there once!
Connor P 2010
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From 1991 - 2001 the fifth graders of Lebanon Elementary School attended a residential, three nights, four day environmental education program in southern Maine. In an effort to revive this wonderful program in April of 2007, 84 fifth-grade students from Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon, Maine attended The Ferry Beach Ecology Schools at Ferry Beach, Maine. In April of 2014 we hope to have another 70+ students experience the residential program.
Ferry Beach Ecology School (FBES) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing ecological education to 3rd-8th grade classes. Their interdisciplinary ecology curriculum focuses on teaching hands-on lessons in basic ecology by using the outdoors as a classroom-- a classroom where learning occurs through exploration, scientific investigation, discovery and sensory awareness. A trip to FBES can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to explore and learn about ecosystems such as tide pools, beaches, dunes, salt marshes and coastal forests - places that many of them may never have seen before. The experience of being away from home and learning to live with and get along with others is also invaluable. Please visit www.fbes.org to learn more about this wonderful program!
News Center 6 WCSH-TV chose our "Science & Ecology Live & Unplugged" (SELU) program with Lebanon Elementary Schools for its November "Schools That Shine" segment. Congratulations to principal Tom Ledue and the teaching team (Jaime Halbmaier and Carolyn French were amazing on camera!) for being chosen for this community grant and honor. Take a look the video produced by WCSH's Tim Goff that aired Nov 11th on Ch. 6!
This opportunity is expensive. It costs thousands of dollars to send the fifth grade to this school. Per MSAD # 60 school board vote we will be having just one large fundraiser this year, which we hope will raise most of the cost of attendance. Parents will contribute about one half of the cost, however, we are looking for grants to reduce these costs. Our fundraiser will be this on-line auction. The fifth graders have been very successful in raising money using this format in the past. During the week of December 1 - December 7, 2013, we will hold our on-line auction. As this is our largest fundraiser we will have, we are hoping to make it even more successful than ever before. Please consider donating to our cause.
This auction represents hours of work by parents, teachers and sponsors.