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Covington Montessori student business earns trip to Sea Turtle Center

Upper elementary school students visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center during their trip to Jekyll Island’s 4H Center this summer. Pictured is Logan Smith, Allison Luke, and Abigail Carragher performing a shark dissection. (Special Photos)

Upper elementary school students visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center during their trip to Jekyll Island’s 4H Center this summer. Pictured is Logan Smith, Allison Luke, and Abigail Carragher performing a shark dissection. (Special Photos)

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Logan Smith and Yu-Mei Rogers study a box turtle in the herpetology class at the center. Students used earnings from their drive-though breakfast program that they began earlier this year.

COVINGTON — Students at the Montessori School of Covington will be a little more knowledgeable about sea life when they return to classes next month.

Students in the upper elementary program recently visited Jekyll Island’s Sea Turtle Center. The trip was a reward for students who started their own business this past school year.

They started a drive-through breakfast business a few months before school ended for the year. They sold bagels, yogurt parfaits and juice to carpoolers and staff.

“The business is a way to light a spark, and it was very effective,” said upper elementary teacher Andre Ellis. “Everybody stepped up every week to make it happen, and it was one of the best experiences of the year. My classes have done that business for four years, and this group pulled it together the best of all of my groups.”

Each of the students were assigned duties like marketing, management, budgeting, purchasing and packaging.

“I like the products that we made, and I liked to do the shopping,” student Abigail Carragher, 10, said of her duties.

The class used their earnings at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center as part of their three-day trip to Jekyll Island’s 4H Center this summer.

Students spent an intense, electronics-free retreat learning about beach ecology, saltwater mash ecology, maritime forest ecology, shark dissection and salt water fishing, in addition to several activities that directly correlate to their current studies on animal adaptation and how the weather and the tides effect the coast.

Their life sciences lessons will continue when the school year resumes in a couple of weeks.

The students plan to continue the breakfast program again this school year.