Building Better Minds


Family fights for the Chesapeake Bay in Chesterfield classroom

Posted at 6:00 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 08:33:11-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Instead of taking Gordon Elementary students to the Chesapeake Bay, the bay came to them, thanks to Annie Moore.

"I'm a member of the PTA at Gordon," Moore explained. "Our family has grown up around the Chesapeake Bay.  I was looking for a partnership from a local business and Ready Reef stepped up."

"We build oyster reefs and we use them as a living sill along the shoreline for erosion control," Ready Reef President Chris Davis said.

The company brought in a wave simulator, showing students the damage that can happen to unprotected shorelines that used to have grasses and oyster beds.

The students are helping in the conservation lesson.

Ready Reef also donated a 3-D printer to Gordon Elementary.

The kids use it to make many things, including models of the large natural habitats Chris makes that become water-cleaning, erosion-stopping oyster beds.

"If they leave here with a better understanding of the importance of the Bay, and that we as humans are responsible for it and can make it better or make it worse.  That's what I'd like for them to learn."

Building that knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay... is Building Better Minds.