The Holmes Community College Grenada Campus recently collaborated with AIMH (Arrows in the Master’s Hands) Homeschool Group, based out of Grenada. It began when the group
Holmes instructor Sara Pollan, who also serves on the STEM Department’s outreach committee, helped create this partnership.
“Earlier this fall, the AIMH Homeschool Group attended our Arbor Day program at the Holmes Arboretum sponsored by the Grenada Garden Club,” Pollan said. “I spoke with one of the homeschool mothers and we came up with the idea to have students come back onto campus to do some work in the lab.”
English and Foreign Language Co-Chair Amber Mabus coordinated the visit and the students came to Holmes’ lab on Monday, Oct. 17. During the visit, Academic Counselor Cynthia Abel and Coordinator of Academic Programs Dr. Kathryn Cox shared information about Holmes and Pollan shared a redox reaction demonstration called “The Disappearing Pumpkin.” Pollan also taught the students more about arthropods by examining the external anatomy and dissecting a grasshopper.
The students were sent home with a learning packet that their parents can use to extend their knowledge about the information learned. Holmes plans to have the homeschool group return to campus two to three times during the spring semester and make the collaboration a recurring event.
IN THIS PHOTO: Holmes Grenada biology instructor Sara Pollan works with one of the AIMH homeschoolers in the Holmes lab on Oct. 17.