As part of the watershed education portion of the 7 and 8th-grade science curriculum, Weare 7/8th grade students learned about the 1938 Great Flood in Weare and the subsequent construction of the Hopkinton-Everett dam system and it's lasting effects on the Towns of Weare, Henniker, and Hopkinton.
In November, the students took a walking tour of the approximately 2.5 miles into the flood control area. Students were led on the tour by US Army Corp. Ranger Brad Clark who also shared with students information about his career as a Park Ranger. On the tour, WMS teachers shared with students much of the history of East Weare and sites of historical significance, all while students picked up trash along the way. The group later traveled by bus to Elm Brook State Park and hiked across the dike at Elm Brook to the Hopkinton Dam before touring the dam and gate house. While at Elm Brook Park, Ranger Steve Dermody used a 3D topographical map to lead a discussion on the scope of the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Risk Managment area.
Ranger Brad Clark from the US Army Corps of Engineers talks with a group of Weare Middle School 7th and 8th graders about the flow of water, history, and how Drew Lake all connects to the Hopkinton-Everett flood control system.
Bronda Crosby photo