Everglades National Park
January 16, 2011 by Post Team
Everglades National Park, The art teacher was one of 24 educators – the only one in Florida – over 850 applicants to travel to Ecuador Galapagos Islands 20 November-4 December with the International Programme Toyota teachers. The program advances environmental awareness and global connectivity in U.S. schools. The group sailed around the Pacific Ocean archipelago was declared a national park in 1959 and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1978. They also spent time in Puerto Ayora, a town on the central island of Santa Cruz. “The most powerful for me and was about to enter the classroom,” said Cooper. “My first day at Bonita Springs Middle they put me in the hall without well and I threw a hissy fit.”
But Cooper has become muted in the room island school of art. “There was beautiful artwork that the children had done and was amazing,” she said. “The room was made of bamboo walls. There was no ceiling. The ceiling was garbage bags. The cabinet had no power supplies. Cooper is planning fundraisers to buy art supplies to send to the Galapagos. She plans to send a box this summer with one of his Bonita Middle eighth grader, Maria Cisneros, 15, who was born in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and visit his grandmother, who lives in Galapagos.
“Art is one of the main ways that people can express emotions and to express the environment,” said Cooper. “Here, these children are in this wonderful environment, and how are they supposed to even have opportunity to express it artistically? Cooper group visited the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora dedicated to conservation. She heard about Project Isabela, which required the removal of feral goats help in restoring natural ecological conditions.
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