As part of a new program called D.R.E.A.M. Big, St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, and Molloy College in Rockville Centre are working together to pair students’ passions with a taste of college courses. D.R.E.A.M. Big is an acronym for “Dominican Roots in Education at St. Agnes and Molloy College.”

Ten students with an interest in environmental science recently got the chance to visit Molloy’s CERCOM, a marine science laboratory in West Sayville, that monitors marine life and water pollution, and studies horseshoe crabs. Students also cruised on the Great South Bay to Fire Island. For St. Agnes H.S. senior Jessica Tiwari, 17, from South Ozone Park, this was the first time she had been on a small boat, walked on the beach, and seen horseshoe crabs. “I didn’t think they would be that big,” she said.

The students hope to take more trips to CERCOM and join a special program called the “Crab Club.” As part of this club, students in their classrooms care for horseshoe crabs at their earliest stage of development by learning how to feed, monitor, and maintain a healthy environment for these creatures.

Future partnership opportunities between the two schools include: Building Your Future in STEM; The Humanities & Technology; TV Studio Workshop; Law & Order Seminar; Dance/ Theater/ Art Workshop, and Choosing a Career Path.