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Seventh grade science students at Southampton Middle participate in reef ball project

At Southampton Middle School, Mrs. John’s 7th grade science students recently spent time researching dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay, the causes, and the some of the possible solutions.  The students also learned that oysters, which are a keystone species of our bay, have declined in population.  Mrs. John partnered with David Sikorski from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) to have her class complete a reef ball project.  The goal of the reef ball project is to help provide substrate for oysters to attach and therefore repopulate the bay.  The students’ reef balls will be dropped into the bay near Tilghman Island.  Southampton is the first school in Harford County to partner with the CCA for this activity.  Thank you to the CCA for providing this awesome learning experience for our students free of charge!