Chicago Lab School Craniacs do it Again!

Ms. Lisa Harrison Piane teaches 2nd grade at Chicago Lab School in Chicago and she and her students have been following our work since 2007. Each year Lisa introduces her new flock of kids to our new flock of cranes and encourages them to take action to raise funds for our MileMaker campaign.

The kids collect bottles and return them for the deposit refund. They do chores at home and shovel snow and come up with some really unique ways to earn miles.

Yesterday, we received the financial support for their efforts, which totaled close to a thousand dollars! This recent contribution brings the total of their financial support over the years to more than $8500.00!

Please join us in applauding the efforts of these incredible kids and their teacher, Lisa Harrison Piane (@daysin2ndgrade). Take a moment to tweet Lisa and her kids or leave a comment at the end of this post for the kids to read!

These incredible grade 2 students are dressed in red, black and white - the colors of their favorite bird!

These incredible grade 2 students are dressed in red, black and white – the colors of their favorite bird!

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  1. Pete Weber (Dr Pete) March 17, 2015 9:24 am

    A big thank you to Ms. Harrison’s class for your help with the whoopers. Right now, a pair of whoopers we call George and Gracie(ask your grandparents) are fueling up in Richland and Wayne Counties to continue their migration to Wisconsin. What a thrill for hundreds of your fellow Illinois citizens to be able to see and hear these truly magnificent birds right here in Illinois. In November of 2013, they brought their baby(W3-13)with them ! Thanks again from all of us able to see and hear whoopers in the wild, PCW

  2. Wanda aka tnbrdlvr March 2, 2015 10:07 pm

    I didn’t meet Whoopers until I was 55 but I am now a certified Craniac but I live by this… If one person does one thing we can make a difference and Mrs Harrison has helped 2nd graders make 8500 differences and introduced them to hope for their future in the form of a beautiful white flying bird. Thank you students and teacher with all my heart and keep up the good work.

  3. Sharron Andresen February 28, 2015 11:02 am

    Congratulations! We are so proud of your involvement with the cranes and their protection. Together, we can keep the Whooping Cranes flying.

    Sharron Andresen, a fellow Craniac

  4. Marilyn Nash February 27, 2015 10:52 pm

    You are the cranes hope for the future. Great job!!

  5. Pam Sanders February 27, 2015 12:39 pm

    Ms. Harrison and her 2nd graders, how proud can all of us be to show what they can do to help a species so important to all of us….I hope this will stay with them in their lifetime and shows what dedication and hard work can do, a penny at a time! Love to you and the birds!

  6. Cheryl N. February 26, 2015 6:36 pm

    Dear Ms Piane and students, you can be very proud of your efforts to help the whooping cranes. Every penny counts! Well done to all of you! Can you hear me clapping from Ontario, Canada? I am!

  7. Margie Tomlinson February 26, 2015 5:46 pm

    What a wonderful job these 2nd Graders are doing! So glad to hear about it! Big “kudos” and THANKS to Ms. Piane and the children for their support!!!

  8. JoBel February 26, 2015 4:12 pm

    2nd graders and Ms. Piane: You ROCK!!!

  9. Francine Cantor February 26, 2015 4:01 pm

    We so proud of all of you and grateful for your hard work and efforts to preserve biodiversity.
    Uma’s Grandma and Papa in St. Louis

  10. Dora Giles February 26, 2015 3:15 pm

    As a retired elementary school secretary, I know how much a teacher can influence her students. Thank you for caring for these beautiful birds and for sharing this love with your students year after year. Also thanks to all of your students for learning about the whoopers, for caring enough to do all types of fund raising activities to help Operation Migration continue their work for the preservation of the beautiful whoopers. Again, a great big WHOOP to all.


  11. Ausra(Mom) February 26, 2015 2:21 pm

    Awsome. Lisa!!!! What great lessons you are teaching the kids, how to appreciate nature and the help we all can give for it’s survival. Your 2nd grade has put so much effort to make it work.
    You are a great teacher, and you and the kids efforts will always be greatly appreciated. Very, very proud.

  12. Betty February 26, 2015 1:30 pm

    Ms. Piane-Thank you for your annual efforts, lessons teaching your students the importance of helping the cranes and conservation.
    Students: Thank you for learning your lessons from Ms. Piane. May you continue your lessons as you grow and when you become adults share and teach others about the Whopping Cranes.
    Proud to see your good work.

  13. Dorothy N February 26, 2015 12:40 pm

    Thank you for all your work resulting in such an amazingly high donation! You and all your students deserve many kudos for what you have done!!!

  14. Sally Swanson February 26, 2015 12:30 pm

    WOW! I mean WHOOP! Ms. Piane and students, you are the greatest! Thank you from a craniac!


  15. Chix Laces February 26, 2015 12:08 pm

    What cheerful news to hear of your efforts. It is such a fine example of what we craniacs all hope for…the next generations picking up where we will leave off. Our greatest hope for these magnificent birds is for our children to also be concerned and work for their welfare

  16. Mindy February 26, 2015 11:38 am

    To Lisa H. Piane and current students:
    What a fantastic thing you have done to help Whoopers! You raised almost a thousand dollars for them! That is just super great! Thank you Lisa for caring enough for these wild birds to make the effort each year to teach your students the importance of saving Whoopers. I wish every teacher would do the same. And kids, learn well so that you can spread the word to other kids and adults too because if we don’t know, we won’t care….Good job!!!!

  17. Patricia Gallagher February 26, 2015 10:55 am

    This is a wonderful idea from a teacher who thinks outside the box. Congratulations to her and especially to her students for their willingness to help support a project that benefits these beautiful birds. Thanks to them all.

  18. JeanneAH February 26, 2015 10:05 am

    Ms Piane and kids, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your support and hard work in helping these beautiful birds. I hope you ALL realize how important you are to OM and the craniacs! Your generosity and spirit made my day ! 🙂

  19. Grandma February 26, 2015 10:02 am

    Thank you very much Ms Paine and students. We know you worked very hard to raise money for these wonderful whooping cranes!

  20. Patricia Kramer February 26, 2015 9:55 am

    Ms Piane and her second graders worked together as a community and had great success in raising money to help keep the community of whooping cranes safe. The first second graders who worked on this project are in 8th grade now I think, they and all the now older second graders in between are also part of the community Ms Piane fostered who care about the cranes. That’s how good works spreads!

    Thank you so much.

  21. Sue McCurdy February 26, 2015 9:51 am

    Some teacher! Great kids!

  22. Shelley Richardson February 26, 2015 9:02 am

    Great job Ms. Piane and kids!

  23. Bobbie February 26, 2015 9:02 am

    I would LOVE to say BRAVO to Ms. Piane’s 2nd grade class! What a wonderful project you have undertaken. It makes my heart happy to know there is a new generation of Whooping Crane conservationists!

  24. marje lloyd February 26, 2015 7:48 am

    thank you Lisa and sudents, what a great effort.

  25. Kay February 26, 2015 7:39 am

    I am SO proud of you! You’re showing that, if you all work really hard together, you can change the world for the better — one endangered whooping crane at a time.

  26. Ruth Mitchell February 26, 2015 7:37 am

    To Lisa Harrison Piane and her fabulous class of children…thank you SO much for your wonderful support of Operation Migration!!! And I am so pleased that you are learning more about our wonderful program and the beautiful Whooping Crane that we support!!! You all ROCK!!!!!!

  27. eugenia (aka CraneWatcher) February 26, 2015 7:34 am

    Thank you, Ms. Piane and your second grade students, for an absolutely outstanding contribution!

    May you remember the Whooping Cranes all your life, just like I have. I first learned about them when I was in fourth grade (many, many years ago) and here I am following and supporting them in 2015.

  28. Bea orendorff February 26, 2015 6:54 am

    This is awesome! This teacher’s actions are molding tomorrow’s craniacs and conservationists. I wish these kids could be at St Marks next fall. An experience they would never forget!

  29. Carol Craig February 26, 2015 6:47 am

    Awesome – great job!!