Feb. 27 marked Central’s fourth annual science event, but this was the first time secondary-science and elementary-education majors from Geneva were involved. Central Elementary teacher Paula Weischedel organized the event and said she appreciated the interest it received from the Geneva community. Two Geneva students, Laura Fischer and Kelly DeFilippo, arrived early in the afternoon to assist her in setting up the experiments before the students and their families arrived.
The remaining nine Geneva students, along with Central teachers and volunteers, set up and monitored various stations in the gym to facilitate science activities for students and their families. Roughly 80 families from Central participated.
“I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the people who came to my station,” said elementary-education major Becca Close. “Some of the students even remembered me from when I was there for my field experience.”
The Geneva volunteers also included elementary education majors Pam Bieranoski, Kelly DeChambeau, Elisabeth Eriksson, Delphina Gabriel, Elise Grybos, Patrick Mulligan and Joanna Mullen. Chemistry education major Susan Fletcher, student teachers Lisa Drentkiewicz and Tracy Hartwick and education professor Nancy Johnson also worked with the families during the evening.
Weischedel said the event went more smoothly this year compared to years past because of the help from Geneva students. She plans to invite them again in 2008.