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Trafalgar Elementary gets new science lab

By Staff | Jan 24, 2009

On Friday morning one-hundred elementary students gathered outside a room at Trafalgar Elementary for a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the school’s new science lab. Its theme is “The World At Your Fingertips to Discover and Explore.”
School officials transformed an empty storage room into the new lab after BJ’s Wholesale in Cape Coral donated $1,200 for materials and supplies through its Adopt-A-School program. The lab features models of the human body, microscopes, magnifying glasses and even two classroom animals —“Duke” the hedgehog and “Tinkerbell” the bearded dragon.
It also has a digital microscope that can send images onto the classroom projector screen for all the students to see.
“We adopt a school each year in our community to serve a partnership with,” said Cindy Newmaster, general manager of BJ’s Wholesale in Cape Coral. “We help them with supplies for community service events and have a community service representative who assists them in their projects.”
Principal Marie Vetter said that BJ’s donation will help science come alive.
“We would like to thank BJ’s for helping to make our science lab a reality,” she said. “FCAT science scores will go way up and you will be part of that reason.”
Sandra Aguilar, community relations specialist with BJ’s, worked with teachers from the school during the creation of the lab. She said the students will also receive a fish tank.
Trafalgar Elementary teacher Kelly Johnson worked with Staffing Specialist Shellie Taylor in painting and renovating the new lab. Taylor said it took nearly eight hours to paint two murals on the wall.
“I drew for an hour and a half and painted for about eight hours combined,” she said. “We went back to the science texts and the picture on the wall came from a drawing her daughter did which inspired the theme of the lab.”