Fourth grade class adopts four endangered animals

Laura Foehser's classSchuylerville Elementary School students in Laura Foehser’s fourth grade class have raised $325 toward the adoption of four endangered animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y.

The project started as a cross-curricular ELA and science unit, but quickly grew when the students decided to raise money to support the zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program by doing a walk-a-thon.

Laura Foehser's classThe students first wrote persuasive letters to their families and friends asking for pledges. Then, they completed the 10 lap walk-a-thon on the playground’s snowplowed path. Next, the class voted for their favorite four animals and created a bar graph to record the votes from their ballots. Lastly, the students created thank you cards at the computer lab to give to each donor.

The new “pets” are a black and white ruffed lemur, markhor, fossa, and a red wolf.

To learn more about the Adopt-an-Animal program, click here.