In April 2000, we visited Byng Public School. The students had an opportunity to meet "Scotty", our one-year-old male peregrine falcon. Below is a letter from one of the teachers:
I am writing this letter to express appreciation on behalf of the students and staff at Byng Public School. The visit to our school by your staff member, Marcel, on April 18, 2000 was a wonderful learning experience, enjoyed by all participants. Marcel was able to present important information clearly, in an understandable manner and capture the attention of students of all ages. Scotty, the young peregrine falcon, amazed and entertained the children endlessly!
The students of Byng Public School gained a greater appreciation for the effects of human actions upon wildlife and the environment. The impact of seeing a live endangered species will last a lifetime. The students learning was evident in the discussions that took place back in their classrooms. Some of the learning that occurred is demonstrated through the writing of one grade two student: "The Peregrine Falcon is a carnivore. How they got endangered is by using the chemical called DDT. They don't use it anymore. They only used it until the 1970's."
Thank you once again, for the unforgettable visit to our school. You and your staff certainly helped to make our Earth Week celebrations special.
Joanne Larmer, classroom teacher
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