Resilience – Creating Success in a New Environment!

For years HRWC played a critical role in mentoring the next generation of water experts and advocates through our STEM Education Program. Although the pandemic forced dramatic changes to our children’s learning style, we were determined to continue this initiative.

We quickly developed alternative lessons for distance learners. With teacher input, we created nine videos with downloadable support materials and made them available, at no cost, on our website.

As a science teacher at Ypsilanti High School, our partnership with the HRWC is a valuable resource for science education for our students. In the current world where student engagement is challenging, community driven virtual lessons are of the utmost importance. I found the engagement of my students to be higher quality when working with HRWC because of the sense of belonging they felt in the lessons.”    –Ryan Cook, Ypsilanti Community High School

moms and kids with clean stormdrain

As a mother of three elementary students, I know how tough it has been for our young learners, and their teachers.  Without missing a beat, HRWC jumped in to support teachers and help keep kids engaged.

Now, we hope you’ll jump in and help us continue this critical STEM programming.  It not only inspires the next generation of environmental scientists and advocates, but it helps students continue to stay engaged with virtual learning. 

As 2020 comes to a close, I encourage you to give as generously as you can so that we may continue to develop new solutions in the face of new challenges. I hope you’ve found your own personal resilience this year. Thank you for helping us find ours!

Warmest regards,

Rebecca Esselman

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Photo: Rebecca and her kids clean a storm drain as a part of Dexter Elementary School’s science unit on the Huron River. Photo by Lori Page Photography.