Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 11, 2019
Ice cream for a cause featured at Bastille Day
The Adams School Calvineers have announced that the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause ice cream truck will be on the Town Common on Bastille Day to help raise funds and awareness for the Calvin Project and the students’ efforts to save the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale species. The event will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the corner of Court Street and School Street, near the Adams School. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The mission of The Calvin Project and the Calvineers is: “Endangered Species Recovery Through Education.” Fourteen years ago a small group of 7th and 8th grade Students at Adams School, along with their teacher, Bill McWeeny, formed the project for the purpose of educating people about the world’s most endangered large whale, the North Atlantic Right Whale.
The Calvineers volunteer to meet once a week after school to research the right whale problem to understand the situation. The students attend conferences through the year learning from scientists about current research and possible solutions to help protect the right whale. They also have the opportunity to present their work at these conferences and consortiums as well as visiting schools to share their research with students, teachers and the public.