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Vote for Us in the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest!


Our Ms. K and our 2012–13 2nd Grade Class are Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Finalists! See their poetry dance entitled “The Song of the Whooping Crane” (video on right; see larger version at bottom of this page) and cast your ballot for ELAA.

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EPA's Aging Initiative, Generations United, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., the Dance Exchange and the National Center for Creative Aging are pleased to present the finalists for the 6th annual intergenerational dance, photo, essay, and poetry Sense of Wonder contest. All entries were created by a multi-generational team. You are invited to cast your ballot for your favorite entry, only one, in each of the categories. Send your ballot or email with your favorites to aging.info@epa.govDeadline Extended to October 25, 2013!

Intergenerational Description of Joint Project

Choreographing and performing our poetry dance became very meaningful to the students and it was fun! Teaching and including the students in the learning, exploration, and creation phases of this project is in accordance with Ms. Carson’s philosophy of “endowing every child with a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”

During this special project Ms. Kuchinski was able to pass on her passion for birds and teach the children about birds in our ecosystems. Ms. Kuchinski was very inspired and encouraged by the children’s ability to understand and empathize with the Whooping Crane’s plight.

Celebration of Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder

Our 2nd grade class theme became “The Young Naturalists.” We studied birds all year and went on about five bird watching trips throughout the school year. Our school is located about one mile from Paynes Prairie Preserve and is surrounded by woods. Binoculars came out at most recesses and the students identified more than 20 birds by sight and song.

We followed the endangered Whooping Crane’s fall migration from Wisconsin to Florida and participated in The Journey North Program. We became very aware of the Whoopers plight and the birds’ loss of habit as a major contributor to their endangerment.

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Mail your vote to:

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest
C/O Kathy Sykes
U.S. EPA (Mail Code 8101R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 41284
Washington, D.C. 20004

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Read more about the 2013 Finalists and the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest on the EPA website