Archive for Thursday, June 10, 2004

Wildlife program to continue

June 10, 2004

Belinda Kraemer was all set to hand over the reins of the outdoor wildlife learning program she helped create in the Basehor-Linwood School District at the end of the school year.

All set, that is, until she learned that nobody was prepared to step up and take her place as the program's coordinator.

"I'm going to be there," she said. "Nobody raised their hand to help me out."

Although Kraemer was expecting to have stepped down by now, she has not let the change of plans curtail her enthusiasm for the program. Tuesday, Kraemer organized a workshop for district teachers that focused on implementing aspects and lessons from the garden and outdoor program into the classroom. The two-session workshop, which took place at Basehor Elementary School in the morning and Glenwood Ridge Elementary School in the afternoon, featured instruction from a representative from the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department.

Additionally, completion of the workshop means the program will be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant from the state's wildlife department. Kraemer is also seeking a $2,000 rejuvenation grant, she said, for other programs needs, such as microscopes and other equipment.

The main thing is, the program will go on.

"It is going to continue for sure," she said. "The only way I would have left would have been if someone was in place to continue it."

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