Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School students, 2021 Bay Students of the Year

2021 Bay Students of the Year


In 2018-2019, second grade Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School students Amelia Riley, Eva Mulrooney, Sophia Brown, Charlotte Barrett, Natalie Ucci, Gwyn Xynellis, Kayla Washburn and Juliette Christopher, and their fearless principal Neil Marcaccio, started a community-wide campaign to raise money and awareness for Save The Bay’s beloved snapping turtle, Bowser.

Bowser is a common snapping turtle that was rescued and brought to Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium nine years ago. The tank he had been living in for all that time sprung a leak, and was beyond repair.  Hearing this information during one of their programs with Save The Bay’s education team, the students jumped into action. They started aBowser-thon” campaign that lasted over a month and involved their whole school community.  Through good deeds, lemonade stands and bake sales, the students raised $2,000, allowing us to secure a brand new tank for Bowser.  Bowser has been comfortably living in his new tank since March 2020.  We are excited to bring these students back to the Exploration Center and Aquarium to see the results of their creativity, hard work and dedication, and are thrilled to honor them as our 2021 Students of the Year.


*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.