Students at Mennies Elementary and Veterans Memorial Middle School recently participated in “Project PORTS (Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools)”, an outreach initiative of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers University. The program includes classroom activities that teach students about oysters and the maritime history of the Delaware Bay and culminates with students building shell bags that will be placed in the Delaware Bay to form oyster reefs… The project was directed by Jenny Paterno, a laboratory technician and Lisa Calvo, program coordinator of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (Rutgers University). It was a homecoming of sorts for Paterno, who attended Mennies as an elementary school student. She later went to Landis Middle School and graduated from Vineland High School in 2008… Paterno earned a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University this year.
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