On November 13, students from five Maine islands will gather in Rockland to read and learn science together, due to a collaboration between Island Readers & Writers (IRW) and the Outer Island Teaching Learning Collaborative (TLC), an Island Institute program.

As an IRW Literary Links to Science program, the day’s events will focus on inspiring students to learn about the natural world with science writer and facilitator of curiosity Mary Cerullo.

“I think the programming provided by IRW is inspiring, motivating and engaging for students, much different than anything that happens in the day to day classroom,” said Jessie Campbell Island Institute’s Education Programs Associate. ” It is meaningful for these children to meet a professional author from their home state. It is an opportunity they are proud of,” she said. “And for the TLC students it becomes even more enriching that they get to share that common experience with their inter-island peers.”

The workshop provides an opportunity for students to engage with reading, learning, science, students, and professionals and is designed to facilitate a child’s natural curiosity.

A total of 20 students from Cliff Island, Matinicus, Islesford, Isle au Haut, and Frenchboro will study under author Mary Cerullo’s creative tutelage, with activities, presentation, and discussion featuring Cerullo’s latest children’s book, City Fish, Country Fish. 

City Fish, Country Fish reveals to students the similarities and differences between tropical fish and cold water fish, and the advantages and disadvantages of their respective habitats. In addition to learning from the author, each student will receive a signed copy of Cerullo’s picture book.

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  1. Donna Isaacs

    Thank you to both the Island Readers and Writers and to the Island Institute for the targeted support that provides for these amazing programs. Our island students are fortunate, enriched and smarter for being the beneficiaries of such opportunities. Two small corrections: The school on Islesford (the Ashley Bryan School) educates children from the Cranberry Isles (both Islesford and Great Cranberry Island), and while Matinicus does not have any students this year, Monhegan Island is well represented in the TLC. Go IRW and TLC!

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