DC Prep Teacher wins $2,500 grant to expose scholars to Belle Isle Water Quality using Kayaks

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School Biology and Chemistry teacher Sandra Dejoie is known for winning grants. Well, she’s struck again! Several of DC Prep’s young scientists will benefit from the latest endeavor.

Dejoie, who heads the Robotics Club at DC Prep, plans to take a small group of students to Belle Isle to learn about the islands within the island.

DC Prep scholars will then forward the results of their water quality essays to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Belle Isle and Detroit Public Schools with the hope of further exploration.

“The goal of the project is to analyze the bodies of water within the island of Belle Isle,” Dejoie said.

Students will learn how to test for water quality using techniques called immunoassays, which categorize life forms within water and the island to clear the ecosystem of debris to promote water flow.

“One of our primary objectives is to expose our students to the ecological and environmental issues that directly impact the inner city,” Dejoie explained.  “We are a Green School and are involved in SPECIES, a climate change curriculum and program funded by the University of Michigan.”

DC Prep also participates in the River Rouge Project funded by the Friends of the Rouge and the Forestry Stewardship Program funded by Michigan Technological University.

The grant purchase includes Kayaks, life preservers, waders, boots, transportation, Petri dishes, collection vials, and phosphate kits.

Dejoie presented a brief PowerPoint presentation at the MAEP annual meeting on December 6, 2012 at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor.

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