Underwater Adventures: The AAFSC’s After-School Program Visits the Aquarium

February 22, 2012

Students enjoy the aquarium.

Last weekend, AAFSC’s after-school program visited the New York Aquarium. Accompanied by New York Cares volunteers, students saw sharks, jellyfish, electric eels, stingrays, penguins, and more. Aquarium volunteers were also on hand to answer student questions and provide exciting facts about the underwater world. According to one student, “the trip to the aquarium was really fun because I got to spend time with fun volunteers and I got to see cool animals!”

Brother and sister wait outside the aquarium, eager to explore the inside.

The trip to the New York Aquarium was part of New York Cares “Urban Adventures” program, which pairs local volunteers with youth groups, such as the AAFSC’s after school program, for monthly field trips. This academic year, the AAFSC partnered with New York Cares on adventures to the Natural History Museum, Byrant Park, the Statue of Liberty, and a pumpkin patch in New Jesrsey. In March the students from the AAFSC’s after-school program will visit NBC studios.

Students brave the cold for a glimpse of the penguins.

AAFSC would like to thank New York Cares volunteers, especially trip coordinators Sabrina and Ronnie, for making these trips possible. If you are interested in volunteering with the AAFSC as part of the Urban Adventures program, visit the New York Cares Website or contact Jake Keyel at 718-643-8000 ext. 39.

Students loved learning facts about the underwater world. These two students were facinated by the electric eels, reading all the information available and asking lots of questions of the volunteers.