Local students from inner-city schools are coming to the Aquarium this week for free school programs. They’re participating in hands-on, curriculum related, activities that enhance the learning they receive in their schools. For the kids, it’s a great opportunity to meet some local marine life and have a memorable experience.  For many of them, it’s their first time to the Vancouver Aquarium.

The field trips are made possible through the Bennett Bursary Program, a program that provides admission and transportation for school classes attending as part of planned field trips.

This year’s recipients of the bursaries have been classes from Blundell, Robson, Cook, Strathcona and Cunningham Elementary Schools. Last week, students from Cunningham Elementary enjoyed meeting a class from the Arctic, via videoconference, to share stories of daily life. The energy and excitement was amazing and the success of the event was made clear when the students asked if they could do it again the next week.

The Bennett Bursary Program is just getting started. We hope that more and more students needing support will be provided opportunities to immerse themselves in our world and become the ocean stewards of tomorrow.

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