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Project Oceanology leads program for Fairview residents through generous grant from the Rotary Club of Groton

Project Oceanology leads program for Fairview residents through generous grant from the Rotary Club of Groton

On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Amy Stockburger, a Marine Science Educator at Project Oceanology in Groton, CT visited the non-profit senior living community, Fairview, also located in Groton, CT. Amy led Independent Living residents through a program about living organisms from Long Island Sound. Residents got up close and personal with a variety of organisms such as crabs and lobsters. They made predictions and observations about how the animals move, eat, and survive in our local waters. Amy presented on the physical and behavioral adaptations, life history of the organisms, and general characteristics of estuaries.

“Amy was so informative. She encouraged our residents to do something they have never done before,” shares Liz Preiss, Resident Life Coordinator at Fairview. Resident, Lucy Bright says, “That was my first experience with Project Oceanology. It was most informative and very interesting. Amy explained everything in detail. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to hold and feel the different forms of sea life.”

Project Oceanology is a non-profit education and research facility dedicated to nurturing student and public interest and enthusiasm for marine sciences. Executive Director, Andrew Ely, also attended the program. “At Project Oceanology we believe in delivering hands-on minds-on science and are delighted to offer programs to students of all ages; the work we are doing at Fairview is designed to engage residents in a meaningful educational and social activity that promotes active engagement,” shares Andrew.

The collaboration between the two non-profit organizations started when Andrew and Jamie Cornell, Community Relations Coordinator at Fairview met at a Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce event. “Andrew invited Liz and I to tour the Project Oceanology campus, and after our visit we were certain that we needed to find a way to bring Project Oceanology programs to our residents,” shares Jamie. Andrew and Jamie collaborated on the grant submitted to the Rotary Club of Groton. “We are thrilled and extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Groton for their generous $1,000 grant, making this pilot program possible. We look forward to more opportunities for Project Oceanology and Fairview to work together,” shares Andrew & Jamie.

About Fairview: Fairview was founded in 1892 by the Connecticut Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grand Lodge as a non-profit provider of senior housing and healthcare, organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Today, Fairview serves the community as a Life Plan Community (commonly known and formerly designated as a Continuing Care Retirement Community) through its long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and independent living options. Fairview’s mission is to inspire individuals to live their best lives by embracing their culture of independence, compassion, and community. Fairview is located on 70 acres with riverfront views, and is the only non-profit Life Plan Community in Southeastern, CT.

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