Clockwise beginning with teacher Eva Stratos: Caroline Seymour, Kyle Ouellette, Tate Fowler, Michael Arnold, Connor Ryan, Blake Bernard and Patrick Boyle.
Mt. Pleasant, SC April 6, 2011 - Eva Stratos, SAIL teacher of Belle Hall Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, has been named the Best Earth Stewards Teacher by the SEWEE Association.
At the Association's Annual Meeting on March 26th, Ms. Stratos was recognized for 10 years of work with the Association in their Sewee Earth Stewards programs and presented with a tour of the marshes of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge as a thank-you gift.
Ms. Stratos began working with SEWEE in 2002 to offer the Earth Stewards program to her 5th-grade SAIL students.
has consistently woven the program with the ecosystems module and looks forward to bringing her
students to the Sewee Center
and to I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail in the Francis Marion National Forest.
has found that the program offers a good foundation for science principles and engages and challenges her
students to understand the natural resources of our area.
"This program is unlike any other offered to teachers," said Ms. Stratos
was chosen for recognition this year as she
has consistently taken the program to the stewardship level with her
students by engaging them in projects where they can give back and raise awareness of environmental issues.
For the past 2 years, the SAIL students have sponsored a campaign to eliminate the use of plastic bags for shopping by selling the Loggerhead Turtle cloth tote bags from the Association.
Students have created an informational message about how plastic bags in our waters are lethal for Loggerhead Turtles that goes into the bags and urge parents to use cloth bags at all stores.
They have sold 1000 bags through this project.
In prior years, Ms. Stratos'
students have studied about the problem of diamondback terrapins being caught in crab traps and dying.
They promoted the use of turtle excluder devices on crab traps as a solution at their PTA meeting and with local bait shops.
students were also major advocates of a pedestrian/bike lane on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge when that bridge was under design.
They lobbied town, city and state leaders about the importance of this lane to provide an alternative for commuting to work and play.
"The SEWEE Association thanks Eva Stratos for her work to educate her students about issues in our environmental community and encouraging them to act on these issues," stated Karen Beshears, Executive Director.