The Exceptional Centre for Learning, Governor’s Harbor Primary School and Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve: Amelia Christy (1-22)

Today we started off the morning a little later than usual, as the majority of us did not work out because we thought it was stormy. Little did we know, the sun was out, and what sounded like rain was actually just wind passing through the palm trees. Oops! Guess we wanted to sleep in. After breakfast we headed out to The Exceptional Centre for Learning where we taught a quick lesson to kids varying in age (from 5 to 16 years old) and learning/developmental disabilities. Once we finished the lesson, we took the kids outside to play a multitude of games, which included basketball, jumping rope, passing tennis balls around with rackets, hula hooping, swinging and kicking a soccer ball around. To wrap up our time with the kids, we listened to them recite their multiplication tables and then read books in pairs.

After teaching this first group, we hung out in Governor’s Harbor for about an hour while we ate lunch. Some of us chose to take this time to relax at a small coffee shop that had a view of the ocean. It was windy and slightly chilly so the hot coffee was warmly welcomed!

Our next stop was Governor’s Harbor Primary School to teach two classes- third and fourth grade. The class that I helped with was extremely rowdy and it was a serious challenge keeping them focused. We took the kids out to play afterward and once again that was a task seeing as all the kids were riled up.

To end our day, we took a trip to the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve to talk about bush medicine. Bush medicine was, and still is in very few places, used to treat people before “modern,” or “western,” medicine became more accessible on the island. We had a tour of the preserve and looked at the variety of the plant displays that showcased the plants used for different medicinal purposes (cold, flu, dermatitis, etc.). We also got to see a representation of edible history that showed the different plant immigrations from around the world into the Bahamas. This area of the preserve was full of really red dirt and we found out that it was actually from the Sahara desert. Over the course of millions of years, the wind had blown the red dirt to the island of the Eleuthera. Another really neat aspect of the tour was the tower. The tower was up on one of the hills and we were able to climb up and look over the whole preserve. Overall, the day was packed full, but had its moments of relaxation!