St. Mary’s safari

Georgia Peterson studied the snow leopard for her habitat presentation at St. Mary’s School last Thursday Photo / Per Peterson

For one day last week, the gymnasium at St. Mary’s School gym was overrun, not by kids, but by whales, pandas, dolphins and rattlesnakes.

Last Thursday was habitat day at the school, where students in grades 1-2 showed off their knowledge of a variety of species. The kids were charged with looking up information on their respective species and portraying their new knowledge on poster boards and dioramas.

“It goes with our curriculum,” said SMS teacher Amanda Petersen, who started the program eight years ago. “I thought this was a good way to get the kids engaged and learn about a new habitat and an animal who lives in that habitat.”

See more in this week’s paper!