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Essays : Our Monarch Adventure

Mrs. Rieser's 4th
Grade Class
Amberly Elementary School
Portage, MI
Our Monarch Adventure

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As school began we raised two monarch butterflies. This is our first. We watched him emerge and waited for his wings to harden before we tagged and released him. He seemed to like Wil's arm. He also found the kids a curious sight.

With a little coaxing off he went. He headed south to El Rosario, Mexico.

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Our second young man emerged over the weekend and he was ready to go. He had to wait for his tag. Off he went - south to El Rosario. Good luck little fellow!

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Now our work begins. We are going to Adopt-A-Classroom in El Rosario and buy an educational kit for a classroom. We want to help educate the people so they don't need to cut the roosting trees down. We must make posters to inform the school of our plans.

The plan: we need $100 for a kit. We will collect and turn in 1,000 pop cans. We will get the whole school to help.

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We go to every classroom. We have written and typed our speeches. Here Michelle and Ann Marie speak to a fifth grade class.

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The cans begin to roll in.

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Today we go to the classrooms to pick up cans. Lisa is ready with a Monarch on her face. We collected 710 cans that day.

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WOW! We made enough for 2 kits. Our media specialist thought we worked so hard she gave us a check for $100 from the book fair money! WOW - 3 kits. Here is our check for Monarch Watch.


Because of 26 hard working 4th graders 2009 cans were recycled, 3 classrooms in El Rosario will be better equipped and the trees will be saved! We are powerful people!

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