It’s only August, but in the Bay Area that means its fall back-to-school! Like most schools around the country, classes at Menlo-Atherton High School will be fully online until at least October. Online school presents a lot of challenges for an outdoor program like MERO.
Fall is usually the time we really focus on providing continued support for our MERO alumni –students who were part of a previous MERO cohort but are still in high school. We usually hold at least one alumni event per month, focusing on getting outside, reconnecting with our students, and helping them reach their goals for after high school. This fall though, instead of our usual hikes and climbing trips, we’ll be focusing on how to help our students cope with the challenges presented by online school and an ongoing pandemic.
In our first online meeting tomorrow, we’ll be discussing what online school will look like, answering any questions students might have about school or the pandemic, and making sure that each student has internet and computer access at home to be able to do their schoolwork.
If you interested in helping a MERO student or family in need,
Here are three concrete actions you can take to support students and their families during these difficult times:
*Please contact Tyler McFadden at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or if you are interested in donating a computer to a student.
Welcome to La Mera Ciencia, the official blog of Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors (MERO). Founded in 2017, MERO is a free, after-school environmental education program for high school English Language Learners that gets students outside doing ecology. Mero (or mera for feminine words like ciencia) is Spanish for "legit" or "the real thing", which is exactly the kind of science we do in the MERO program!