BATH — One gets the feeling that if Bath Middle School teacher Lawrence Kovacs had his way, kids would be running, paddling, and biking their way to school each day. No cars or buses allowed. Not a bad idea, for at least half the school year.
Kovacs, Sagadahoc County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, founded the Fundamental Learning on Water Program at Regional School Unit 1, an effort that introduces many Maine eighth graders to camping for the first-time ever. Smart phones and television are replaced with paddling and pitching a tent, building a fire and conducting field studies. For many kids, it’s truly a life changing experience.
Now, Kovacs is focused on introducing middle schoolers to another of life’s pleasures: Bike riding, or, more specifically, mountain biking.