Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, Ga. has a newly renovated feature for students and faculty – a turtle pond featuring native Georgia freshwater turtles. Alongside the help of a few aquarists from neighboring Georgia Aquarium and Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls, the pond was reconstructed and the turtles’ home revived. The pond and its turtles have been a feature at Clarkdale Elementary for several years and serves as a tranquil spot, but also a visual and tactile learning aid to students about ecosystems and aquatic animals.
On Friday, February 28, 2020, Clarkdale Elementary students, faculty, and Cobb County Schools administrators unveiled the new turtle pond with a ribbon cutting ceremony. A plaque was also dedicated to Georgia Aquarium and Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls as a thank you for their work.
Georgia Aquarium had an additional surprise for the students in attendance. Through its Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) Program, the Aquarium supplied the 4th grade class with free admission for a future field trip to the Aquarium. To learn more about Georgia Aquarium’s SEA Program, please click here.
Georgia Aquarium and Paradise Ponds and Waterafalls donated their time and materials to help Clarkdale and its turtle pond to ensure its students will continue to learn about freshwater ecosystems and the animals in our waterways.
Names for interviews in order of appearance:
- Dr. Liss Maynard, Principal, Clarkdale Elementary School
- Chris Coco, Senior director of fish & invertebrates, Georgia Aquarium
- John Roper, 4th grade teacher, Clarkdale Elementary School
- Jeff Krenner, Paradise Ponds & Waterfalls
This article was published on: March 2, 2020