By Zachary Rhine
Students jump at the chance for a field trip, so why not spend a day off in the nature teaching a younger generation?
Fourth Grade Environmental Days is a club and community service activity offered by Red Lion Area High School that gives students the opportunity to become educators for a day. It is one of Red Lion’s oldest running field trips, beginning roughly around 1987.
The first three days of Fourth Grade Days commenced earlier this fall, and according to elementary school teachers, it was “one of the best, if not the best, trips.”
“I thought it went extremely well,” said Ms. Heather Fogell, one of Red Lion High School’s biology teachers and the coordinator of the field trip. She went on to explain that “the students who had already been trained did an excellent job of training the new high school students so that they could do the best job possible.”
Ms. Fogell herself participated in the field trip when she was a high school student, and she became the lead organizer of the event in 1997.
Other teachers who assisted in the most recent Fourth Grade Days were Mrs. Kilgore, Mrs. Stuth, Mrs. Funke and Mrs. Hoffman. Mrs. Saunders, the school dental hygienist, was also there taking pictures.
“(Fourth Grade Days) is a great program that shows Red Lion students demonstrating their knowledge of the environment, through hands on activities with younger Red Lion students,” said Fogell, informing all who are on the fence about getting involved with the program.
The next three Forth Grade Days will occur in the spring, most likely in March.
Fourth Grade Environmental Days is also a club offered at the high school to further prepare students interested in becoming part of the actual field trip and expanding on leadership skills.
Honors science students prepare for the upcoming Science Fair to be held in March.
By Ian Adler
As the fall season rolls in and spring draws closer, there is one thing on the mind of Red Lion’s honors science students--the Science Fair.
The fair itself is to be held March 10-11 at the Penn State York campus. The students must complete their projects well before this deadline.
For those who do not know, the science fair is an annual showcasing of science experiments created, conducted and presented by students. Schools from all over York county send their most intelligent and creative students to represent their schools well.
“I’m pretty confident we can get some first places and we have some chances to earn other prizes,” said science teacher Mrs. Valerie Stone. Along with overall place prizes, there are awards for projects in categories like engineering and meteorology or for projects that exhibit things like best statistics.
Freshman Dante Zumbo has recently settled on investigating the chemicals involved in cellular death, according to his science teacher Ms. Heather Fogell.
“When cells are stressed to the point when they realize they can’t survive, they emit chemicals that will trigger their own death,” said Fogell.
Freshman Larissa Herbert is conducting a solo project that is also unique. She plans to “take three different chickens and put them in three different environments to see how the quality of the egg is affected.”
In addition to Fogell and Stone, Mr. Blanteno, Mr. Granger, and Mr. Smith are all helping to prepare students for the upcoming fair.
With a wide range of student interests, Red Lion will have a diverse arsenal of projects to send to the fair.
From the massive amount of work that students will put in to perfect their project, Mrs. Stone has a lot of faith in her students at Red Lion.
“At Red Lion, we know what it takes to get a first place,” said Stone. “It takes a lot of work.”