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Students adopt manatees, seek tiger

Cindy Ramunno
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyEdwards Montessori students Kaitlyn Cooper, 3, right, Madison Zastrow, 3, Ben West, 4, and Finn Connolly read about manatees Wednesday during class. Edwards Montessori adopted two manatees throught the AoSave the Manatees Club. Montessori schools typically serve students ages 2 through 6 years old.

Teacher Madeline Cooper doesn’t do things half way. Cooper, a teacher at the Edwards Montessori school, looked into how students could help save wildlife and her students are loving her for it.

At Montessori schools, typically for 2 1/2 to 6 year olds, teachers follow the lead of the students and guide them. “We work on whatever they want to work on and then work on their lead,” Cooper says. Montessori schools are also typically one-room classrooms, as is the one in Edwards, which is located in the Homestead Club House. The school has been there for the past five years, but has been in the valley for 11.

The students at the Edwards school have recently adopted two manatees through the Save the Manatees Club program. Students looked at pictures of several manatees before choosing a pair named “Rosie” and “Flesh.””We voted and the students picked Rosie and Flesh – Rosie is a girl and Flesh is a boy,” says Cooper.

The class receives updates on the manatees’ progress throughout the school year, she says. Cooper is also looking into the process of adopting a tiger through This project would fit in when the students study Asia.To learn more about programs at Edwards Montessori, call the school at (970) 926-3333.Vail Colorado

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