Animals teach Volney students a thing or two during event

Marissa Bowering and Ethan Frank take a closer look at a worm they dug up as part of Volney Elementary School’s recent Earth Day celebration.
Marissa Bowering and Ethan Frank take a closer look at a worm they dug up as part of Volney Elementary School’s recent Earth Day celebration.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

An annual tradition of fun and learning continued Friday, May 16, when guest speakers, experts and animals flocked to Volney Elementary School for its Earth Day celebration.

Students in each grade level had a chance to view presentations and participate in a variety of activities during the day. Animal experts were on hand with owls, parrots, hawks, dogs and reptiles.

Under the tutelage of wildlife rehabilitator Jean Soprano, students learned the differences between owls, hawks, eagles and other bird species.

To accompany a PowerPoint presentation, Soprano brought several birds with her, much to the delight of the students in the audience.

“We are so lucky to have experts come in for these presentations,” said Principal Lisa Garofalo. “This is an amazing experience for the students.”

While animals were a crowd favorite – from dog agility to a reptile show — students also had a chance to learn about topics such as electrical safety, rock formations, fishing and gardening.

For fourth-grader Reagan LaPage, the gardening and composting station gave her an opportunity to get her hands dirty and sort through leaves to examine worms under a microscope.

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