Special Needs Students at Atlanta School for Learning Disabilities Recently Participated in Program Provided by Elatchee Nature Center

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Students from Cumberland Academy of Georgia received an in-school field trip from the staff of the Elachee Nature Center to study stars and constellations.

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Students were able to experience the stars and planets without stress and within a comfortable environment suitable for our special needs curriculum.

Special needs students from Cumberland Academy of Georgia recently received a visit from Elachee Nature Center, an environmental education center based in Gainesville, GA. The purpose of the visit was to supplement and enhance the curriculum taught in the Science classes at Cumberland with an additional hands-on educational experience with a fun in-school “field trip” experience. Cumberland students were studying stars and constellations. To augment their studies, the staff from Elachee brought a portable planetarium called Starlab.

Skylab is a large inflatable classroom that brought the night sky to the students of Cumberland Academy. The students were able to enter the Skylab and identify names of stars and the placement of the stars in the sky. Students also heard stories and learned about the mythology of constellations, and received instruction in a comfortable and familiar school environment.

“The Cumberland students got to go to the planetarium today,” said Staci Gelbaum, a Cumberland Academy of Georgia instructor. “Students were able to experience stars and planets without stress and within a comfortable environment suitable for our special needs curriculum. It was a wonderful learning experience.”

Elachee Nature Center is located in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve in North Georgia. The organization provides school programs for students of all grade levels, field trips and summer camps, as well as habitat restoration and nature conservation projects.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, please visit http://www.cumberlandacademy.org.

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