Oxford students adopt bald eagles


students Laura James’ first grade class at Elk Ridge Elementary School in the Oxford School District are raising money to adopt bald eagles at the Philadelphia Zoo to honor members of the U.S. armed services.

The students in Laura James’ first grade class at Elk Ridge Elementary School recently held a Fruit and Vegetable Sale Fundraiser to adopt the Bald Eagles at the Philadelphia Zoo in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces past and present. As part of the project, the students created an “Honor Wall” with pictures of the many people who have touched their lives in some way through their service to our country.

The students began the project by conducting research to find interesting facts about the Bald Eagle, learning that the Bald Eagle is the symbol of America and is a very powerful and interesting bird. They viewed a webcam stream almost every day to study newly-hatched eagles and wrote down their discoveries in an “Eagle Observation Journal.”

The students wrote and read very persuasive letters to Principal Herbert Hayes explaining why the class would like to host a fruit and vegetable sale in the school lobby. They created informational posters to place around the school so that others could learn about the eagles.

The students also learned how to advertise their ideas. As the sale approached, they designed fact-filled speeches that were read to the entire school.

On April 6, the students took turns throughout the day selling nutritious foods to students and staff members. “They had to count money and make change, allowing them real world experience with these important skills,” said Mrs. James.

Through the sale, the class raised $390 toward adoption of the Bald Eagles. They will visit their adopted friends when they take the annual first grade field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo in May.

“They will get a bird’s eye view of their stewardship,” said Mrs. James.

   Send article as PDF   

Share this post:

Related Posts

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.