A Nice “Surprise”

All the way from Surprise, Arizona!

Occasionally, we get some pretty neat packages in the mail. The latest came from Teacher Liz Winters’ gr 2 class in Surprise, AZ. Ms. Winters’ students had obviously just learned about OM’s efforts to reintroduce Whooping cranes and had each taken the time to draw a picture and write a few words. 

We thought it would be fun to share them with you so that we’re not the only ones enjoying their creativity… With so many great submissions, it was difficult to narrow it down to just a couple so we’ll post one at a time over the next few weeks. 

First up – Alice, Imagine Rosefield School.

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  1. Dorothy N April 9, 2017 10:55 am

    I love this post, and 3 cheers for the teacher who is exposing her students to the wonders of nature and our responsibility to protect it.

  2. Peter Smith April 6, 2017 8:28 pm

    Priceless. As a fifth grade teacher in southern Wisconsin a very long time ago, I know firsthand how children can be introduced to wildlife, habitat and all. Per my recent comments about Wisconsin’s consideration of a hunt of Sandhills (and the risk such a hunt would impose on our Whoopers), I do think there is an opportunity here for OM to make a really cool video[s]- perhaps one for hunter training courses ( to help young hunters much more fully understand the story here, our efforts, and the difference between these two cranes), and another for elementary schools to teach children about this historic conservation effort.

    Education is powerful. Any other craniacs think this is a worthwhile idea? Check out Intl Crane Foundation’s 15 minute (??) video about cranes all over the world. It is a powerful learning tool, available for not much money from ICF’s gift shop. OM could do this!

    • Mindy April 7, 2017 11:12 am

      Peter, I think your idea is a good one

  3. PattiLat April 6, 2017 8:11 pm

    Thanks Heather and thank you Liz Winters for offering your students the wonders of trying to save a species from extinction. Alice is right, “Such hard work!”

  4. Becky April 6, 2017 2:19 pm

    My grandkids live in Surprise! What a great gift those kids gave to OM!

  5. Dora Giles April 6, 2017 1:05 pm

    was there more picures and more to letter? Thanks for sharing this with us. So glad to see and hear that more youngsters are being made aware of OM and the whoopers.


    • Heather Ray April 7, 2017 6:39 am

      Yes, as I said… we’ll post one at a time over the next few weeks.

  6. Mindy April 6, 2017 11:20 am

    How wonderful is this? To see these second grade students learning about and appreciating OM and Whoopers! Kudos to the teacher, Liz Winters. Thank you so much for sharing with us Heather. I have a feeling I will be teary eyed each time you share one of these precious letters.

  7. Marilyn April 6, 2017 10:28 am

    Holy moley! What a great artist. And her spelling is so “imaginative”! Just love it! Thank you for sharing your smiles, Heather. Thanks go to their teacher, too, for nurturing the students’ imaginations and raising their awareness of the irreplaceable beauty around them. .

  8. Sue McCurdy April 6, 2017 10:07 am

    I loved it! Thank you so much. Very creative teacher and student.

  9. Barb April 6, 2017 8:50 am

    Just wonderful! Very talented young girl. Anxious to see more. Great idea to share, Heather. Thanks.

  10. Patti Hakanson April 6, 2017 8:39 am

    This!!!! It doesn’t get any better,or make you smile bigger than…This <3