Nice to Know: Sponsors put nature newspapers in classrooms

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Albert Lea Audubon Society provides Audubon Adventures to 44 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms in the area in cooperation with local sponsors.

All elementary schools in Albert Lea, Glenville-Emmons, Alden-Conger, United South Central in Kiester, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, St. Theodore, Hollandale Christian, home school students, Audubon Science Center and Albert Lea children&8217;s library were offered subscriptions to Audubon Adventures. Local sponsors make this teaching tool available at no cost.

Audubon Adventures is a nature-environmental newspaper provided to each student four times a year. Each student is supplied with the Adventure materials and teachers receive a guide which includes lesson plans, hands-on activities, duplicating masters, assessment questions and answer keys. Topics for the 2007-08 school year were: Back from the Brink-success stories from the endangered species act. This includes the bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear and gray whale; Good news for planet Earth, and Heroes of the Planet.

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Each classroom sponsorship costs $40, which is matched by the National Audubon Society. The Albert Lea Audubon Society pays shipping and handling charges. Call Earl Jacobsen, 373-2255, for more.

Last year&8217;s Audubon Adventures sponsors were: Albert Lea Audubon Society Foundation, Albert Lea Elks, Lodge 813, Albert Lea Medical Center, Albert Lea Rotary Club, Albert Lea Seed House, Alan and Patricia Arends, Al and Gail Batt, Bill and Arlene Bryson, Christian Peterson PA, Mary Ann Dixen, Farmers State Bank of Hartland and Freeborn, Eagles Aerie 2258, Bob and Patricia Goldman, Hemmingsen Transfer, Earl and Alyce Jacobsen, Kiester Kee Women, Noon Kiwanis Club, Golden K 2, Gary and Margaret Koeder, Kenneth R. Leland Realty, George and Jean McCarthy, Motor Inn, NRHEG Independent School District 2168, Security Bank of Minnesota, Bill and Helen Sturtz, U.S. Bank and Watanye Service Club.