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Lakeview Hospital sponsors trips to the aquarium for Davis school children
by Summer Clarke
Jan 30, 2006 | 227 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SALT LAKE CITY --Lakeview Hospital, and Lakeview OB/GYN, are sponsoring 24 Davis County School field trips to the Gayle Benjamin Living Planet Aquarium, a preview exhibit of the future larger Living Planet Aquarium. All third graders in the 24 selected schools will attend the aquarium between Jan. 11 and April 11. With $12,000 donated to fund the trips the hospital is looking to give back to children in the county. "Giving to the community is something that we do as much as we can," said Steve Anderson, CEO, Lakeview Hospital. "Providing an educational opportunity to the students in Davis County School District is something that we are very excited about."

The third graders are guided through the aquarium by naturalist Nathanial Adams. With over 20 different exhibits showcasing aquatic life, students can touch live sting rays and starfish in an open touch tank, view sharks, octopi, tropical fish, and jellyfish.

While in the aquarium the students also watch educational films about the effects of tides on the earth, and are given a research log to complete their fun and educational experience.

In addition to the field trip, teachers are provided with pre- and post-visit lesson plans to help students understand how our ecosystem works and its importance to oceanic life.

"We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the field trips," said Steve Mangel, Science Curriculum Specialist for Davis County School District.

"Our teachers are calling to tell us that this is the best field trip they have ever been on."
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