Anna Maria Elementary School takes its science seriously. They offer students extensive, hands-on science lessons that often incorporates members of the community. There is no shortage of community organizations and volunteers on Anna Maria Island to show young students the size of a loggerhead sea turtle shell or how to look for shorebirds through binoculars.
These photos were taken during the 2013-14 school year at Anna Maria Elementary.
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Anna Maria Elementary School second-graders look at sea turtle skeletons.
Anna Maria Elementary School second-graders look at a sea turtle nest diorama.
Anna Maria Elementary third-graders in Laura Redeker’s class watch seabirds Jan. 23. Bird-watching on the beach is part of the Audubon Adventures curriculum provided by the Manatee County Audubon Society.
Fourth-grader Cole Pearson assists Dr. Frost of the MOSI STEAM punks during a demonstration on fire and fuel. Cole filled a large bottle with “fuel” and Dr. Frost lit it on fire, creating an explosion inside the tube.
Birdwatcher John Ginaven leads students on a bird-watching expedition Jan. 23. Students were provided binoculars from a Sarasota Bay Estuary Program grant and guided in bird-watching techniques Jan. 23.
Laura Redeker’s third-grade class approaches the beach access near Anna Maria Elementary School, where John Ginaven explains the importance of sea oats.
Dr. Frost demonstrates a fire tornado with the assistance of fourth-grader Cole Pearson during the MOSI STEAM punks fire and ice show.
Children attending Anna Maria Elementary School’s first science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) night view fiddler crabs.
Anna Maria Elementary School students look at a map above donations bound for the Philippines.
Fall Fest is Anna Maria Elementary School’s largest fundraiser and community event of the year. The fest brings a costume contest and parade, games, a bake sale and raises money to supplement the school’s budget. Fall Fest is put on by the Parent Teacher Organization. These photos were originally published in the The Islander Oct. 30, 2013.
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Ava Harlan, Payton Harlan and Jeremiah Harlan sip Butter-Beer at the Fall Festival Oct. 26. The siblings came to the party as pink-haired un-dead zombies.
Skylar Hendler and Ella Coney-Jones — zombie brides — exit the haunted house. “It was awesome!” Skylar said. “At the end there’s a scary guy with a shovel,” Ella said.
Fourth-graders Kennedy Bullard and Destin Gullamundi collect prizes in the student costume contest that recognizes one boy and one girl from each class.
AME costumed students march by class from the chamber to school.
The Oct. 26 costume parade kicks off the annual AME Fall Festival that ends at the elementary school with games, prizes, food and refreshments and fun.
Anna Maria Elementary kindergarteners step off in the lead of the costume parade from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, ushered on Gulf Drive by members of the Holmes Beach Police Department to the elementary school.
Kylie Huffman paints a pumpkin with the help of her mom, Cori Huffman.
Jacob Mucci plays “Mrs. Newhall’s Ghost Poop,” a classroom-sponsored game at the festival. For the game, players toss small white balls into a toilet for a prize.
Fifth-grader Sophia Belsito came as “Flo” to AME’s Fall Festival costume contest. “I had no clue what I wanted to be, but I was watching TV and the commercial came on. Everybody loves Flo!” Sophia said.
Gigi Ortwein paints a pumpkin on Anna Kornman at the Fall Festival. Face-painting and other classroom-sponsored booths were set up to raise funds at the event.
Two bouncehouses in the field behind the school keep kids busy at the Oct. 26 Fall Festival.
Parents, students, friends and family survey the baked goods for sale at the AME-PTO annual Fall Festival fundraiser. Alongside the bake sale was a silent auction of items donated by the community.
Three tiers of murderous cupcakes offered for sale Oct. 26 help raise funds for the Parent Teach Organization, along with hundreds of baked goods featured in the first-floor main hallway at Anna Maria Elementary School’s Fall Festival.