Second-grader Ryan Rhodes speaks with his cousin, Antarctic scientist Neil Foley via video chat.COURTESY PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting
Second-grader Ryan Rhodes speaks with his cousin, Antarctic scientist Neil Foley via video chat. COURTESY PHOTO

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DRACUT -- Second-graders at the Brookside, Campbell and Greenmont elementary schools had a special treat one recent day when they got a chance to have a live video chat with Neil Foley, a graduate student and scientist in Antarctica.

Foley is a cousin of second-grader Ryan Rhodes, whose mother, Andrea, connected the schools with Rhodes.

The children had an opportunity to interact with Foley and ask questions about Antarctica.

In addition to chatting with the students and answering their questions, Foley showed them photos he has taken in Antarctica. The children saw the beauty of the land and its wildlife. Foley also showed photos that explained his scientific work there and how the scientists live both at McMurdo Station, a research center operated by the United States Antarctic Program, and in the "deep field.

Second-graders from Dracut’s Brookside, Campbell and Greenmont elementary schools chat with Antarctic scientist Neil Foley, who is doing research at
Second-graders from Dracut's Brookside, Campbell and Greenmont elementary schools chat with Antarctic scientist Neil Foley, who is doing research at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. COURTESY PHOTO

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