With their deep roots, sea oats protect sand dunes and the beaches we enjoy
As enchanting as coastal sea oats look, their golden tassels dancing in the ocean breeze from Florida’s Panhandle to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, what lies hidden beneath the sand is even more magical.
The roots of this dainty-looking grass extend as deep as 5 feet below the surface, and literally anchor the dunes in place.
For the fragile barrier islands, sea oats are the first line of defense.
New initiative takes cradle-to-career approach to improving lives in Renaissance West
In a cozy room filled with windows, books and cheerful posters, two kindergartners practice letter sounds by playing a picture game on a carpet mat.
A few doors down, third-graders sit in rapt attention – hands rising rapidly to answer questions – while their teacher talks about the primary colors in famous abstract art. Another door opens to a science lesson where children happily bang rocks together to make sand as the classroom snake naps in its glass case.