BMNSM Adopt-a-Class

The world has changed and so must we. Our local teachers are working to figure out how to engage their students with unique educational programs despite the challenges arising from the pandemic.

They need your help to meet the challenge!

Students will be learning from home, or in schools with substantial restrictions. There won’t be Adopt-A-Class field trips to the Museum, or Mollusks on the Move excursions to the schools for now. But this must not stop us from educating students and helping them grow.

Teachers’ budgets are already stretched to breaking. We can ease some of their strain by offering these programs free of charge at this time to local public schools. The cost of virtually sending an educator to one classroom of kids is $350.

Let me share a story:  Molly is in fourth grade and her parents feel more comfortable with her learning from home. She won't be able to join her classmates in school but will have the opportunity to continue to learn online. Molly is a good student, but it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re home, at your computer, without friends to encourage you.

With your help, we will virtually introduce our Environmental Educators to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Molly, with her class, can have a conversation with an exciting Museum educator in a virtual mollusk lesson! She now has a new mentor and role model, in addition to learning about the ocean, shells, and mollusks. That’s the change we want to make for Molly and thousands like her. With your support, we can help inspire tomorrow’s ocean leaders, one day at a time.

If you are able, the students could really use your help today. 

$350 Sends our virtual educators to one classroom of kids

$700 Sends our virtual educators to two classrooms

$1050 Enables us to send our virtual educators to serve an entire grade

With your support, we can continue to provide the online learning resources, post-evaluation assessment surveys, laminated shell guides for every student and other program materials.         

A crisis brings new challenges, and this is your opportunity to help facilitate learning—whether the kids are learning at home or in a classroom.


Melanie Moraga

Assistant Director

 PS–The new school year is just starting, the students need your help now!

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