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Posted by ChrisD on February 22, 1999 at 17:12:26:
In Reply to: Re: HERPS IN CLASSROOM please read...I just thought I'd like to share this w/you posted by Esther on February 21, 1999 at 17:43:14:
I hear what your saying and feel the same way. I jsu happened to fall in a good situation. But my program is not even the largest in the area. a neighboring district spent well over a million dollars on a living animals center and then centralized all science materials through the same center. It is incredible. They provide animals for teachers district wide, bacteria and protists, fruit flies, etc. Teachers order and they deliver. Everything from snakes to monitors to hissing cockroaches. They also have science kits premaid for use(most districts do for elementary levels). All this started with 1 teacher keeping herps in the classroom and thinking big. Herp by themselves are nice but to get the funding it helps to work other angles as well.
Virtually all my funding past the initial caging was provided by outside companies. We are know building a large outside "nature" area with pond, trees, garden, etc. But all this came after we ran 3000-5000 people a year through my reptile exhibit and allowed folks to see the educational potential. It's alot of work but i find keeping herps at school to be easier than at home in some ways, many helping eager hands.