Kindergarteners connect to wildlife

 

The kindergarten/first grade class at the Idaho campus of Teton Science Schools’ Mountain Academy was thrilled to see your cover story about wildlife crossings (“Crossing to Safety,” 1/1/20). Throughout the fall and early winter, our class has been studying our local Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the animals that live here. Our focus turned towards animal adaptations, and we learned that animals in our valley and beyond endure incredible conditions, but often struggle to manage highway crossings. As a result, students in our class expressed an eagerness to do something that would help with this ongoing issue and worked together to create a “Watch for Wildlife” sticker. We are selling these stickers locally and plan on donating our proceeds to the Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center here in Teton Valley, Idaho. Connecting our classroom work to your article was incredibly impactful for the young learners in our class, making their work feel so relevant to the world they live in.

—Hilary Hays

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