2015-01-29 / Schools

Librarian connects with aquarium


SEA WORTHY—Andrew Bunya-Ananta and Jana Goldsworthy, both from the Aquarium Connection in Simi Valley, set up a living reef display at the Red Oak Elementary School book fair for this weekend. SEA WORTHY—Andrew Bunya-Ananta and Jana Goldsworthy, both from the Aquarium Connection in Simi Valley, set up a living reef display at the Red Oak Elementary School book fair for this weekend. When Joann Fritzen spotted a story in The Acorn about the grand opening of the Aquarium Connection in Simi Valley, she clipped it and set it aside for future reference.

It turned out to be a serendipitous decision.

As librarian at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park, Fritzen was especially interested in the shop’s interest in educa- tional outreach.

When Fritzen found out that the theme of the spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair was “Book Fair Under the Sea: Explore and Ocean of Books” she immediately thought of the article, pulled it out, and contacted the Aquarium Connection.

Owner Andrew Bunya-Ananta and educational outreach coordinator Jana Goldsworthy enthusiastically agreed to participate in the book fair.

One of Bunya-Ananta’s goals for the Aquarium Connection is to include an educational element, providing school field trips to give students a firsthand look at marine science, so helping with the book fair was a good match.

The pair set up a living reef aquarium at the school with live coral, colorful fish and baby seahorses, which will be on display during the book fair. They also provided coupons for free goldfish.

The book fair opens tonight, Thurs., Jan. 29 and concludes Tues., Feb. 3.

Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Tony Knight will give a scuba demo and talk about his love of the ocean and the life in it at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 31.

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