Since September 2015, more than 500 fifth-graders have taken part in a hands-on pilot program through Duke Energy.
The program consists of inviting students to tour the Crystal River energy complex to learn how Duke Energy generates power every day.
Barbara Martinuzzi, Duke Energy executive assistant, worked to design the program in accordance with Citrus County School Board curriculum, alongside Scott Hebert, Citrus County elementary education director.
Hallie Czerwinski, Abigail Ruley and Lindsay Hurston
Special to the Chronicle
Thirty Lecanto High School (LHS) students attended a Skype call meeting Jan. 27 with Todd Strasser, award-winning author of “The Wave.”
Students who participated had read the book in class and were chosen by their English teachers, Marie Wilber or Brittany Szunko. The Skype call is part of Literacy Week, which is an annual event that happens at LHS.
While on Skype with Strasser, students were able to ask questions about the book and discuss it to get a deeper understanding of the message in the story.
Dan Koch, media specialist at Citrus Springs Middle School, strives daily to instill digital citizenship in each student.
“This is a huge reason why teachers are more necessary than ever — to provide the proper ways to communicate and to guide them to make the most important decisions online,” Koch said, referring to students.
Students use technology in their personal lives and now, more than ever, in the classroom as well.