Very few high schools in the state are fortunate enough to be located directly beside a thriving community college. Not only is Walker High located close to Bevill, but we also have a great cooperative working agreement with the local college. Bevill State is allowing the WHS Science department to use their labs when Bevill students aren’t using them. Mrs. Kennedy’s 9th grade biology class had the opportunity to use Bevill’s labs for the first time on Monday to conduct a cell lab.
Mrs. Kennedy, one of the 9th grade Biology teachers said, “This gives our students the opportunity to use a college lab, use their microscopes, and see a quality facility.” The 90 minute block period allows just enough time to take the quick walk over to Bevill, conduct the lab, and return. Plus, the unseasonably warm sunshine made the trip a real treat.
The lab the biology students conducted on Monday is called Comparing Plant and Animal Cells. The students look under a microscope, compare and record the observations made. The WHS students are thrilled that they get to use such an up to date lab. This opportunity resulted from an agreement between Principal Crigger and Penne Mott at Bevill State Community College.
The Bevill State lab use pairs nicely with the cooperation the science teachers are getting through the Alabama Science in Motion resource center. Mrs. Kennedy said, “We are very fortunate to have the lab activities and supplies brought to us by the Science in Motion resource center. Kem Pounders, Biology Specialist from U.N.A. works closely with our science department at Walker to provide essential supplies not covered in this day of reduced teacher supply budgets.” It is evident that the students at Walker High are benefitting from the cooperation among all these agencies.
By: Annslee Brown and Reegan Walker