Dr. Lowery was accompanied by Ms. Cindy Hasselbring, Special Assistant to the State Superintendent, Mr. John L. White, Chief of Staff in the Office of the State Superintendent, and Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools.
Dr. Lowery visited Swan Meadow School, where she participated in a STEM lesson using Legos with Mrs. Erica Foley’s class of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Several members of the FIRST 1629 Robotics Team, along with Mr. Chuck Trautwein, computer resource teacher, presented the activity which led to the creation of a top spinner. Mrs. Liz Gilbert’s 6th – 8th grade class, gave a presentation to Dr. Lowery involving their participation in the Cherry Creek Stream Restoration project. The project involved the class working in collaboration with the State Highway Administration. In the restoration project, the class indicated the importance of using plants native to Garrett County; ones that would grow strong and survive the extreme weather conditions. The plants would also provide food and habitats for wildlife.
3rd row – Mr. John L. White, Ms. Cindy Hasselbring, Alayna Beckman, Christy Beckman, Sam Robinetter, Ben Duff, Jesse Helmuth, Michael Yoder, and Landon Custer
Next, Dr. Lowery visited Crellin Elementary School. She viewed the school’s Sunshine Farm. Several students informed the Superintendent of their engineering skills that helped to solve a problem in the agricultural barn. Each evening a teacher or parent had to return to the school barn to close the chicken door. This ensured that the chickens were safe from nocturnal animals and were protected from the weather. The students decided to build an automatic chicken door that would be set on a timer and open and close like a garage door. Students also shared with Dr. Lowery their electronic blogs they publish using the computers.
Pictured above: Row 1: Alayna Savage, grade 4; Abigail Butina, grade3; Alexis Shaffer, grade 4; Dr. Lillian Lowery; Kira Rinker, grade 4; and Carly Friend, grade 4.
Row 2: John L. White, Cindy Hasselbring, Dr. Janet Wilson, and Dr. Dana McCauley, Principal of Crellin School.
Pictured above: Emillie Baker, grade 5; Madison Inman, grade 5, and Dr. Lowery.
Back Row: Chuck Trautwein, Cindy Hasselbring, John L. White, Matt Knauff, Titus Beitzel, Justin Hershberger, Josh Smith, Alex Meyer, Larry Friend, Lorie Burdock.
Pictured above: Ian Bramande, 11th grade at Southern High; Dr. Lillian Lowery; and Josh Smith, 10th grade at Northern High.
Dr. Lowery departed late morning to tour several facilities in Allegany County in the afternoon.
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