By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — Forty years ago, Randy Cripe went on the first Marine Biology Program trip with Goshen High School biology teacher, Carl Weaver.
“I remember those things that were taught back then. I remember the class and learning about the good and the bad of the ocean and the stuff in there,” Cripe said, Monday evening at a reception to honor the 40th anniversary of the program at the Goshen Community Schools Administration Center.
“It was a long bus trip going down there and back. There was a lot of outdoor classroom learning,” Cripe said. “It was cool going down there during spring break. There was a lot of good learning experiences.”
During the reception, Weaver shook hands with the former student who shared a few moments of reminiscing.
“Is it really that long?” Weaver asked.
When asked if he ever expected the program to last so long, Weaver said, “No, I wasn’t approaching it from that standpoint. I was happy for each next year and that’s the way it’s been and hoping for next year. I’m ready to start the second 40.”
School Board Trustee President Jane Troup asked Weaver how the program started so many years ago.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” Weaver said, laughing. “Students heard my story about my class at Goshen College and asked about something similar for high school students. They persisted and I got permission from the superintendent and school board who were open to this kind of education. They approved the trip on a one-year basis. It has continued because of the students and started by the students.”
Superintendent Diane Woodworth complimented Weaver on his dedication.
“It has made a huge impact on students. People talk about the impact on students when I am out in the community,” Woodworth said.
There have been 80 trips back and forth with an average length of 27 hours one way throughout the 40 years and that equates to about 90 days in a charted bus with high school students, Weaver said.
“I feel the energy to start the second 40,” he said.