Executive Director Bill Hayden received a Volunteer of the Year Award through the Hampton Roads Volunteer Council. That organization submitted Bill for a Cabot Creamery Celebrity Award. Well, he was a little surprised and very humble with all the attention, but yes, he was selected as a national award winner by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, the New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative, for his selfless volunteerism in creating STARBASE Victory. Bill and his wife Kit joined honorees in November from across the country for the fifth Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise, along with Cabot staff and special honorees selected from program partners AARP Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and Points of Light’s HandsOn Network for a six-day, seven-night excursion. Be sure to ask Bill about his cruise!
STARBASE Victory’s ENVIROBASE Aquarius has been recognized again as a River Star “Model” Program! What do our students do? All of Portsmouth public school fifth graders learned about the parameters of weather and the effects of erosion during their ENVIROBASE experience. They used global learning and observations while studying the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Students documented their findings by making their own videos, sharing how they conducted their research and presenting possible solutions for concerns they discovered. Focusing on the Elizabeth River watershed, students harvested oysters in the fall and others planted them on an oyster reef during summer camp. In addition, students participated in an oyster restoration project. Students at Victory Elementary also participated in a wetland grass-planting project at the Hermitage Foundation.