Melbourne High School recently received a $32,000 grant from the ARP ESSER III Summer Learning Program.  This project will provide Summer Enrichment to eligible Bearkatz in grades 7-12 through two different programs.  

The first program, Bearkatz Enrichment, will take 25 students in grades 7-10 on field trips to regional businesses, corporations, and conservation areas  to participate in educational science and math activities.  The school is in the process of setting dates.

Students who attend 5 or more of the field trips will be entered in a drawing to win a laptop.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students,” states principal Tim Massey.  “I understand that students value their summer freedom, but this program will also be valuable, and students will have a lot of fun. This program will help our students see how many opportunities are out there for them.”

Following are some of the planned activities.  

D. Mitchell, Ozarka College:  Nature Walk and Intro to Macroinvertebrates and Field Research

T. Morris, Ozarka College:  Food Webs and Owl Pellets:  How Scientists Use Measurements

Dr. Thomas, Lyon Biologist with Nasa Funding: Rockets and Air Sample Collection

D. Cox, Arkansas Lime:  Limestone Mining and Engineering:  Science, Chemistry, and Its Uses 

Fred Berry Education Center Naturalist Volunteered to Custom Design a Math/Science Program 

Dr. Hayes, Chemist at Futurefuel Chemical Company:  Science and Math in Practice (½ Indoors, ½ Outdoors)

Delgado & Dale of Unimin--Sandstone:  Blasting, Sorting, Sieving, and Transporting 

F. Fowler, Horseshoe Health Pharmacist, Cattleman, and Cowboy--Math and Science Everywhere

James “Bo” Davidson of the Joe Hogan Hatchery, State Director of Ag&F FINS Education Program:  Catfish Dissection, Watershed Management

Archeology at the Toltec Mounds:  Math, Science, Methods, and Practices 

The Izard County Extension Office:  The Science of Habitat Management:  Wildlife, Creek, Pond, and Field

Grothe and Turner:  Teaching Students The Math and Science of Agriculture

If your regional organization would be excited to have an opportunity to show Melbourne Bearkatz how math and science can be used used in your field, please contact

For the second program, ESSER will be providing teacher support for summer study, workbooks, test fees, and travel for students taking the 12 Days of ACT program in June and July.

If you are interested in either of these programs, please contact Joanna Fulbright, or Caren Smith

An application form for the 7-10 Bearkatz Enrichment Program can be downloaded from and can be returned to the Melbourne High School Office during school hours Monday-Thursday.