Students learn about the bay beyond

Students learn about the bay beyond
Payton Locke holds a baby starfish. - Tom Vaught | Sun

Anna Maria Elementary School is unique because of its location on Anna Maria Sound and every year teachers take advantage of that to further educate students about life in an estuary.

Third graders took the tour Friday. Thanks to a grant, guides from Around the Bend Nature Tours were there to identify the critters that were netted, put in water-filled containers, observed and returned to their habitat.

Third-grade teacher Karen Paul‘s class brought in some starfish, a tiny seahorse, some whelps and other shells. Many of the kids knew something about the creatures of the sea because of living near the beach both on the Island or the mainland nearby.

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Olivia Sauls looks at some critters. – Karen Paul | Submitted