This summer, six Smithies traveled to Belize for the Coral Reef Ed-ventures program. The program, which began in 2000, teaches local children about the ecological importance of the Belize Barrier Reef.
The program is sponsored by Smith College’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and Center for Community Collaboration, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize. Student teachers from Smith—including Kayla Clark ’14, Laura Malecky ’13, Kaylyn Oates ’12, Angela Oliverio ’12, Alyssa Stanek ’13, and Megan Svoboda ’12—work with the children to teach them the importance of conservation.
The program has now grown from its first year—when two Smith students taught seven youngsters—to its current structure, which this year welcomed more than 100 children from Belize and the six Smith students.