Kendall Went Wild with WXXI

Kendall Elementary School partnered with WXXI-TV and their PBS Kids’ program “Wild Kratts” to bring wildlife conservation to students and their families. Between a school-wide assembly and a fun family evening event, students learned a variety of information on different animal species. 

The two-day event kicked off on Feb. 14 with a “Go Wild” assembly, where the entire elementary school gathered in the gym to meet Cara Rager from WXXI. She shared a tweet from Martin and Chris Kratt, the stars of the “Wild Kratts” TV show. The purpose of this show is to educate childrenabout biology, zoology and ecology, and teach them small ways to make big impacts on their world.Students responded back with a group photo and the message that “Kendall loves Wild Kratts!” Rager shared videos of different types of animals and how they function in their environments. Students then participated in “creature challenges,” where they played games acting out how raptors use their talons, raccoons use their sense of smell and spiders untangle their webs. Throughout the event, Rager gave students clues to a code word that would be revealed when they went to the evening event with their families on Feb. 15.

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At the evening “Wild Kratts” event, students responding with the correct code word received raffle tickets to win one of three large animal balloons. They also received a passport worksheet to complete as they visited the various stations throughout the Elementary School, learning more about local conservation efforts. Many stations had hands-on activities for families to work on together during this free event. Everything from taxidermy exhibits to fly fishing demonstrations was in place for families to experience. Students could even take photos using a green screen to make it look like they were holding a giant fish in front of a bear. Children also used iPads to explore the different free apps on the PBS Kids website. Thank you to the many community partners who had expertise in various wildlife aspects that made this evening fun and interactive for families.