Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lincoln Street School Project Winners Announced!

There's ALWAYS something going on at SRAC!

(WAVERLY, NY) On Saturday, January 29, the 4th grade students from Waverly's Lincoln St. Elementary School gathered at what was the finale of a unique contest that was held at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) .

As a part of their curriculum on local Native American history the students made a field trip to the SRAC earlier this fall. After finishing their curriculum on Native American history, each student was asked to do a project that represents what they learned. These projects were then put on display at SRAC and the public was invited to cast votes for their favorite projects, with one penny equaling one vote. Teacher, Robin Blauvelt said, "The kids work so hard on these projects. It's wonderful for them to have a great place like SRAC to display them."

The top 4 winners from both Mrs. Blauvelt's and Mrs. Hand's 4th grade classes were announced on Saturday and their projects are now on display at SRAC for 2011. Each winner received different prizes from the SRAC gift shop and a 1-year family membership to SRAC which includes free admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall all year long. First place winners were Kari VanAllen & Starr Harford, second place winners were Michaeol Zimmer, Hailey Sudge and Shaylene Robbins, third place winners were Andy Buffone and Abigail Durgan, and honorable mention went to Sam McConnell, Stanley Lin, and Alisa Willis. Teacher, Cathy Hand commented, "The field trip and the project contest that our class has at SRAC every year is an amazing way to bring the school and the community together. It shows students that what we teach is real and offers a hands on approach."

In the end, the event raised $230 dollars for the fourth grade classes. SRAC's executive Director, Deb Twigg remarked, "The truth is that it is just as much fun for us to do these things for our schools and our kids as it is for them. We look forward to seeing the kids and the great projects they make every year and consider it just another fun way that we can give back to our community. As a result, I hope that it is clear to our community also that a donation to SRAC gives back many times over."

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is a non-profit organization and is staffed 100% by volunteers. The Center is located at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY. For more information, visit

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