Each year, the Community Outreach Program at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Mass. provides free programs to more than 12,000 inner-city children and families at after-school programs, community centers, child care centers, libraries and neighborhood events. This summer, Marcie Day ’11 is aiding in this effort by serving as community outreach intern for the Aquarium.
Day is responsible for presenting hands-on exhibits to children to inspire an interest in aquatic life and conservation. In addition, she advises a group of high school students who present summer programs at the Aquarium. Currently, she is working on a project to bring activities and lesson plans to community centers, so that children will remain engaged in the topics they learned about after their visit to the Aquarium.
As a biology and environmental studies double major, Day is knowledgeable about topics integral to her role at the Aquarium, such as aquatic life and conservation. In addition, Day’s participation in the Teacher Certification Program at HWS provides her with the background necessary to develop and facilitate programming.
“I have always had a particular interest in marine biology. I also enjoy working with children and the location is a plus!” says Day.
Day is a Latin American studies minor and a member of the William Smith soccer team. She studied abroad in Ecuador and Peru during the spring 2009 semester.