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20130222 Agape School Butterfly presentation AF  4377MISSION—Students from Agape Christian School received a visit from the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center on Feb. 22. The program, provided by the center, detailed the lifespan of different animals that reside in the Rio Grande Valley.

First grade teacher Nancy Olmos said the students are currently learning the different stages of a butterfly.

“I can teach my students the cycle of the butterfly, but I’m more of a visual person,” Olmos said. “If they can see the animals outside and meet with people who take care of them, feed them …then they know they are important.”

Students learned about amphibians, birds, insects and reptiles. Martha Jones and Becky Reyes from the center handled the presentations. For visuals they used stuffed animals, actual turtle shells and skull replicas of different birds.

Jones explained the outreach program is one that benefits the campus during tough economic times.

“It is a time where buses are expensive and gas is expensive. With this program we can come out to the campuses,” Jones said.

Olmos said her classroom of first graders loved the presentation, since her classroom is currently learning about adaptations and the cycle of the butterfly.  

“The students get to learn how God created all of these animals, and how they do certain things for us,” she said.

Kinder through sixth grade had different presentations on wildlife and their homes. Older students were able to see large skull replicas, and other cycles of life. Olmos said the classroom setting is not the only place the children learn about insects and wildlife.

“We go on nature walks on campus grounds; the students have notebooks and do observations,” Olmos said.

Using their notebooks, the students record any butterflies that they see, and it what stage they are in. Details include size, color, and any important observations. Olmos said this is the first of many presentations and projects for the children where she hopes to share her love of science with her students.

Agape Christian School is a private school campus that has been open since 1976 and is located on 1401 E. 24th St. For more information call 585-9773. For more information on the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center call 381-9922.

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