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"I don't know where to begin in explaining the impact you have made with your WaterVentures mobile lab. The experience was beyond anything I ever imagined. The teachers were blown away with your top-notched instructors and hands-on approach to learning more about topics dealing with water. Your professional staff, Kelly, Amy and Sarah were so patient, extremely knowledgeable and took their job very seriously to educate all 240 students at Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School. Also, it's great to know that Mark was such a great team player in making sure everything was set and secure for our students." - Mary Lynn Hess, Goldsboro Elementary School, Sanford, Florida
"...Your presenters, Amy, Ashley, and Sarah were excellent! They kept the children's focus with discussion and activities that opened their eyes to another part of Florida. The interactions throughout this presentation with my students were heart warming and my students couldn't wait to draw their appreciation pictures. WaterVentures is a unique educational experience and I am grateful to those who had the insight to create this mobile classroom. I hope you will return again!" - Glenn Steinberg, Colonial Drive Elementary School, Miami, Florida
" ...The activities addressed in the mobile lab are relevant, aligned with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and with our district's goal of providing every student with the best STEM education in the country. The topics addressed, such as Florida biodiversity, hydrogeology, watershed stewardship, and water conservation are very important to our students and to our community to maintain a sustainable South Florida ecosystems. ....[The] students were very excited and engaged in all activities. Teachers and administrators were very happy to have their students exposed to a highly interactive and educational program. Ms. Thelma Fornell, Principal at Campbell Drive K-8 Center said 'The kids loved it. It was a great "hands on" experience for them. My coach and teachers were still talking about it the next day.' Thank you." - Cristian Carranza, Executive Director, Department of Mathematics and Science, Miami Dade County Public Schools
"I loved how the educational staff got the students excited about learning about conservation and recycling. The hands-on approach was excellent!"
"The presenters were professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and friendly. Excellent experience!!!"
"The program was very educational and the teachers were informative and engaging. The truck was interactive and engrossed the students."
" I loved all the educational hands-on activities the students were able to engage in."
" ...The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and it is evident that they have a passion for teaching. While this isn't a trip to see the dolphins, this really is an imperative program that teaches our children the importance of water in our lives. It teaches us why it is important to protect this precious resources and how to conserve it for generations to come. If you are a teacher or a school here in Florida, contact WaterVentures today to set up a visit to your classroom soon. It is an experience that all children and teachers shouldn't miss out on. " - Claire VanSusteren, Sachs Media Group
" All of the instructors were excellent, both friendly and knowledgeable. Our fourth and fifth grade students not only enjoyed, but also learned a lot from the many activities both inside and outside the truck."
" We loved the adventure and exploration that WaterVentures brought to our school. The staff was fantastic and engaging. They were structured and kept to schedule. The information was kid friendly and easily grasped by all. The young ladies made this an enjoyable as well as an educational learning experience."
"On behalf of the 1650 attendees at the Florida Association for the Education of Young Childrens Annual Conference in Orlando at the Marriott World Center Hotel, I want to thank you for lending the traveling display to our conference. It is fabulous and generated lots of excitement. We appreciated the donation of the bike which was won by one of our volunteers." - Suzanne Gellens, Executive Director of FAEYC
"I want to Thank You! so much for today's WaterVentures visit. Our students, teachers, and staff members LOVED IT!! The success of this visit could not have been possible without your AMAZING staff! They were all working together and helping us keep the tight Wednesday schedule. I know that this visit has made a positive impact on our students whom have not stopped talking about it all day. The truck was able to setup and breakdown without interrupting our morning arrivals nor afternoon dismissal." -Janet Gutierrez, 5th grade teacher at Espinosa Elementary
"What an amazing experience the team brought to my students! Amanda, Amy and Travis were so great with the kids. [They were] enthusiastic, knowledgeable, inspiring, thoughtful and well prepared! All of the students were telling their [other] teachers about the truck. The teachers came to me throughout the day wishing they could go too! Kids came back from the weekend telling me how their family has changed their water-use habits!" - Cassandra Ehlendt, Kathleen Middle School
“…Our forth and fifth graders were so excited. Travis, Amy and the rest of your instructors were excellent presenters and teachers. Their delivery and presentation was so relevant to our 4th and 5th graders. Our students really enjoyed it and learned so much. I am sure that if more people in our community could get involved as you did, we would be able to meet many of our challenges and achieve high academic standards for all students. …Thank you for your time and commitment to education in our community. It is evident that you believe education is a priority and we appreciate it fully.” –Miriam Comer, Brentwood Elementary School
“We absolutely loved the experience! The children were very engaged and involved and I found myself learning new things about watersheds that I hadn’t previously understood that well.” – Hali Flahavan, PineView School for the Gifted
"On behalf of our entire team, we send our sincerest thanks to you and WaterVentures for your support of 2014 Children’s Week as a Statewide Partner. Because of your vision and commitment to Florida’s children and families, the 19th Annual Children’s Week was the best to date!
This year, hundreds of local events and activities were planned across the State from January to April, with the highlight being the week of April 6-11. Our partners, sponsors, volunteers and advocates rallied from across the state to hang more than 100,000 hands in the Capitol Rotunda Building. 150 business leaders from across the state joined our inaugural Children’s Week Business Leaders Luncheon. Drs. Louis and Julia St. Petery were awarded with the 2014 Chiles Advocacy Award at the Children’s Week Awards Dinner. Finally, the Children’s Capitol for a Day was a success with more than 4,000 children and families attending 110 interactive activity booths.
This year’s event brought together hundreds of organizations and thousands of parents, advocates, providers, business people, grandparents and children to generate awareness for a broad number of children’s services and issues. This year’s Children’s Week events and activities have had a tremendous impact in opening up lines of communication and understanding between children, families, and policy makers.
Children’s Week could not happen without your generous support. Thank you again for taking the opportunity to be part of this wonderful event." -Jason Zaborski, Children's Week Statewide Coordinator
"I really enjoyed Amanda and Travis's presentations today, the whole experience is just as I had hoped. We had a turnout of 18 teachers with an additional two coming from the UF Extension office and one from the Science and Discovery Center of NWFlorida. They were impressed too. I also want you to know that I got a call from the Principal at Tyndall Elementary shortly after the team left there this afternoon. Susan Ross was delighted with the presentations and said her students enjoyed it very much. They [WaterVentures Educators] are wonderful ambassadors and I am sure the students will gain a great deal of knowledge." - Paula Weaver, Instructional Specialist, K-12, Bay County, Florida
"On behalf of the MKL students and staff, hats off to all of you for a wonderful day......we heard so many positive comments about the event......you all are to be commended for supporting us in our endeavor to include our students in all activities.....The Water Ventures exhibit is a tremendous event for the entire community." - Janice Salares, Margaret K. Lewis K-12 School, Bay County, Florida
"What a fabulous experience it was to have the WaterVEntures exhibit visit in our elementary schools! I personally had the opportunity to visit the exhibit at several schools and the students were so engaged and excited. I was so proud that I saw so many of the children reading the exhibits and learning about water habitats and water conservation issues that are so imporant to Florida. Your staff and driver were so professional and worked so well with our students. Thank you for this great opportunity for our students" - Jacqua Ballas, Science Program Specalist, Marion County, Florida
"Thank you so much for the wonderful experience our students were able to have with WaterVentures! The students really enjoyed the hands-on nature of the exhibit as well as that it realtes specifically to Florida. The educators were animated and knowledgeable, and are clearly used to working wiht kids" - Megan Mowbray, Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks, Marion County, Florida
" My class greatly appreciated the learning opportunities WaterVentures offered our school. The speakers were knowledgeable and communicated well with the staff and students. We hope that we will have future opportunities to explore different labs and resources available through WaterVentures" - Mildred Walker, A. Quinn Jones Center, Alachua County, Florida
"I just wanted to thank you and your team for a wonderful learning experience. All of the teachers expressed how well thought out everything was and that your staff were awesome. I really apprecaite you allowing our entire school access to your great resources" - Gopala Romeo, Alachua Learning Center, Alachua County, Florida
"Thank you so much for the wonderful WaterVentrues presentation. It was a fantastic educational leaning experience for my students" - Bradley Phillips, Alachua County, Florida
"Our class had a wonderful time interacting with Kelsey and Travis. They were both very patient with our students. They were able to motivate our kids and make them want to ask questions. This is something that is hard to do, since engagement is something that is difficult for our students at A. Quinn Jones Center. Keep up the good work. WaterVentures is a valuable resource for students" - Monique Moss, A. Quinn Jones Center, Alachua County, Florida
"We loved it, for us it was a very cold day but the students were able to use the outside tables to investigate and build knowledge then were wowed with their explorations inside the lab as they explored somer more and learned about Florida's water. The staff/presenters were knowledgeable and helpful and out students were certainly able to later voice what they had learned as a positive day of learning! Teachers too! We wish to thank the staff for providing the opportunity to our students to gain life long experiences that lead to life long learning, and hopefully conservation and preservation of our Florida waters". - Jeanne Sanders, Alachua Elementary School, Alachua County, FL
"On behalf of Tuttle Elmentary, I want to thank you for the wonderful visit of the beautiful WaterVentures program. It really meant a lot that you took the time to provide this resource so that the students can benefit from scientific inquiry. Our teachers and students enjoyed the experience, and many connections were made with what is learned in the classroom". - Tomas Diverno, Tuttle Elementary School, Sarasota County, FL
"WaterVentures was extremely wonderful. Thank you very much for setting this up for our school. This is something I would like to do every year with the class. Very, very hands on and educational." "The truck is a success. Everyone is loving it!" "Fourth grade is ranting about how good it was" " Accordning to the fourth grade PI kid, it was A Mazing!" - Symmes Elementary School, Riverview
"We should be thanking you, instead of you thanking us. It was a FABULOUS experience and adventure. The kids just love it. The educators did an incredible job too! And the content of the truck, both inside and outside, was amazinly done and so well thought out." - Glenda Tombs, Peideia School, Tampa
"WOW, what an awesome experience our students had today. The teachers AND students LOVED it! it was so incredible for them to experience this 'free' firld trip at school. Thank you for getting our school in. We truly appreciate you and your program. The instructors were great with our students" - Danielle Garcia, Coral Sunset Elementary School, Palm Beach County