Great Lakes Awareness Day 2017

Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) hosted Great Lakes Awareness Day on May 1, 2017 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, PA. The event gave 160 Erie middle and high school students the opportunity to share projects they had researched and implemented during the school year.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed, with the goal of fostering informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship.

Great Lakes Awareness Day 2017 participants included students from Fairview High School, Fort LeBoeuf High School, Iroquois Elementary, Our Lady’s Christian School, Perseus House Maritime Center, Chautauqua Lake Community School, Collegiate Academy and Penn State Behrend.

In addition to the students, 154 visitors toured the student posters and displays. Read on for photos and links to displays and posters


Sarah Skelton, teacher from Iroquois School District had this to say about the event:
“Great Lakes Awareness Day provided our students with the opportunity to share our yearlong project and efforts in researching Harmful Algal Blooms. The students have been working diligently on their HABs project and were eager to share their project and research. In addition, this was a great opportunity for our students to learn from others about environmental issues. Students from other schools shared very interesting research and projects, provoking ideas and questions. Overall, it was a wonderful day that allowed our students to interact and engage with other students from surrounding schools. My students really enjoyed the project and learned a great deal throughout the process. I think it is wonderful that we are given such opportunities to encourage growth across the curriculum."  

Quotes from Iroquois Elementary students:

“This event was very educational and we learned a lot about environmental issues. We had a lot of fun.” – Madalyn Chew and Grace Abele, 5th grade 

"It was great to discuss our personal research with our peers.” – Isabel Moser, 6th grade

"I think this was a great opportunity to discover different points of views about the environment." - Emma Conti-Windle, 6th grade                                  

Quotes from Our Lady's Christian School students:

“I feel that we now have a better understanding of our environment and how we need to help it.”  Jake Walden, 7th grade

 “I really like it, I learned a lot and saw a lot.  One of the most interesting things I saw was the Bee Project.”  Joshua Kanne,  7th grade

 “Through listening to the projects, I realized the environment is suffering and I’m inspired to help.”  Angelina Carbo,  7th grade

  “I learned many things about how our environment is suffering from pollution, etc. and I extremely want to help.”  Daniela Shaughnessy,  7th grade

 “Attending this GLAD was very interesting.  I learned about what I can do as an individual to help the community and the earth.”  Francis Mizner, 7th grade

PDF icon Group Projects 1.pdf Alternative Energy, CAFOs, Earth Healthy Life Hacks, Aquatic Invasive Species

PDF icon Group Projects 2.pdf  Pesticides & Pollinators, Asian Carp, Marine Pollution, Microplastics 

PDF icon Group Projects 3.pdf Fresh Water Habitats, Packaging Problems, Plastic Bags, Plastic vs. Reusable Bottles

PDF icon Group Projects 4 (1).pdf  Pollinator Decline, Renewable Energy, Wildlife Trafficking

Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011