School of Kids Meets Schools of Fish

Not just for students, Leonard Elementary parent Tom Gorman enjoyed the Sea Life aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing during a field trip for first-graders on Wednesday. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Nemo, Nemo, LOOK! Hi Nemo!”

“Hey, it’s Dory!”

Leonard students interact with aquatic creatures. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

On Wednesday morning, Leonard Elementary first-graders took a field trip under the sea. Visiting over 250 species of aquatic life, the students — and a larger-than-normal number of parent chaperones — bussed up to Great Lakes Crossing and Sea Life aquarium.

“It was wonderful,” said teacher Amanda Kalinowsky. “The kids got to learn a lot of stuff about animal adaptations and camouflage. This is in our curriculum and they got to do it, touch the animals and see it in real life. It was a really great experience for us.”

Watching a school of fish swim by. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Apart from finding Nemo and Dory, the kids seemed to have a favorite animal, the one with eight arms.

“I like sea animals like octopuses, sea horses and other stuff that live in the water,” said Arin Soni. “I was really excited to come here.”

“We’re studying sea animals like turtles and octopuses,” said Nefeli Partali.

“I like how you get to see lots of things like octopuses and great white sharks,” said Arnav Gupta.

Brendan Heston is intrigued by the animals. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

But other aquatic creatures caught their attention as well.

“My favorite part so far was watching the baby white seal on the video,” said Fiona Kosciolek.

The colorful moon jelly display. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

There were environmental warnings mixed in with the visit too.

“Huge piles of plastic trash bigger than Texas already float through our oceans. Remember to take your trash home and recycle when you can,” proclaimed one sign.

That wasn’t lost on parent chaperone Tom Gorman.

“A very valuable message is sent on a trip like this. It gives the kids a chance to see how beautiful this all is and how important it is to protect it,” he said. “I think especially with Earth Day right around the corner, that’s a good way to drive home the message about the choices we make and how we can protect the environment. I think this allows the kids to put all the pieces of the puzzle together,” Gorman concluded.

Sharks and other sea life swim over the students. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Agreed. And we also agree with student Aaray Gupta.

“It’s cool,” he said.

Leonard students played Meet the Creatures BINGO in an upstairs classroom surrounded by bigger-than-life photos of life in the sea.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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