Second Graders Tackle Monarch Butterfly Shortage

The monarch butterfly has now been listed as a threatened species. One group of second graders has taken on the challenge and had started a garden to help the cause.

These kids at Burnley-Moran elementary have been spending months on this garden that's designed to attract butterflies. Today was their open house, where they were able to showcase all their work to the rest of the school

Miss Savoy has had her hands full with this garden as it's taken up a good portion of her lesson plan.

"It's taken over her entire class. It's all of their reading. It's all of their writing. It's all of their math time. It's been working on this and the monarch garden," stated Matt Darring, the garden coordinator at Burnley-Moran Elementary.

Today is a big event for the class, and they couldn't wait to host other classes from the school.

"We made a butterfly garden for Burnley Moran and we are having our garden party and we're giving tours and we have refreshments about butterflies," said Mia Tyree, a second grader in Miss Savoy's class.

They've really dove into the science of these plants and their characteristics.

"Learning the names of the plants, some of the kids have actually gotten into learning the Latin names, so they'll actually come and tell you if you ask the name of the plant they'll actually tell you Asclepias Tuberosa instead of butterfly weed," said Darring.

Lisaad Rose, another student, talked about other events at the open house. "Some foods look like caterpillars, like we made grapes look like caterpillars. We have three greens on a straw or a stick, then one purple at the head"

The tour that was given included a ten page plant guide full of details about what the garden contained. This accompanied a brochure packed of information about the butterfly and the garden. This subject teaches many different lessons to the kids, and will be used for many years to come.

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