ME Elementary ‘goes wild’

CASSTOWN — Students from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had the tables turned for a day when they became teachers at Miami East Elementary School on Tuesday, April 25 and Friday, April 28.

Thirty one sophomore students enrolled in Plant and Animal Sciences were trained in Project WILD earlier in April and then prepared 20 minute lessons to educate kindergarten and first graders about wildlife and wildlife habitats.

The goal of Project WILD is to assist learners of any age in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. Linda Raterman of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District was responsible for the training and lesson development the FFA members went through.

Jakob Brunke, Brennon Green, Kaitlyn Hawes, Cody Niswonger, Bailey Buck, Tyler Heckman, Seth Teeters, Zach Kowalak, Keagan Carsey, Emily Swindell, Liza Bair, Morgan Moreland, Abigail Koontz, Brookelyn Hermann, Kylie Sturgill, Jessica Copeland, and Maci Krites played “Animal Charades” to teach about domesticated and wild animals with Mr. Justin Roeth, Mrs. Amy Gerlach, Mrs. Carmen Richters, Ms. Lauren Hummel and Mrs. Betsy Seger’s classes.

“Quick Frozen Critters” was a fast, freeze tag game to help learn about predators and prey. Monet Desautels, Devin Karnehm, Lance Reynolds, Alex Zapadka, Lane Mergler, Zach Kowalak, Jessica Gillum, and Kylie Blair really enjoyed teaching this game with Mrs. Stephanie Larson and Mrs. Mary Simmons’s class.

Dakota Bashore, Kyle Elifritz, Ashley Hawkins, and Michael Miller played the “Thicket Game” with Mr. Preston Elifrttz’s class. The game included a hind-and-go-seek game to mimic how wild animals hide from their predators.

According to Raterman, Project WILD is endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education (Divisions of Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development), Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Wildlife Federation, League of Ohio Sportsmen.