SchoolsEstela Romero

"Emiliano Zapata", Elementary

SchoolsEstela Romero
"Emiliano Zapata", Elementary

SCHOOL VISIT.-

This Elementary school is located in the “Pancho Maya” tiny village, a few kilometers inside the forest at the back-buffer area to Sanctuary Sierra Chincua. Due to the high altitude (3,400 mts/three thousand four hundred mts.) where the schools and homes to many families around this Monarch Colony in this Sanctuary are, most families can only live from forest resources all over the year selling either chopped wood for heating homes at the nearby towns, medicine herbs for medical treatment at home, —which is an ancestral practice we Mexican people keep for generations and on which our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have deep knowledge—, and a large variety of eatable, delicious mushrooms during our long raining season which lasts sometimes neary half of the year!. On the other side, the climate conditions only allow for corn, potatos and wheat sowing, which is the main working and trading activity for fathers and older brothers in every family. At explaining the importance of Monarcha as pollinators in our region as well as bees, wasps, bats, and hummingbirds among others, children got immediately aware of their importance, saying: “this means, teacher Estelita, that the more we care of pollinators, the more we will have to eat at home and the more our parents to sell, and the more our animals in the woods to feed their little siblings and the more beautiful in the world our forests will be!. “Oh, to think that the other day there were some wasps laying dead inside our classroom!”, —another lamented—; “From now on, we will care much more about birds nests, and bee hives anywhere we are; we will build little homes for birds and will not be afraid of bats anymore!”, —several others agreed immediately showing a big concern and feeling of protection on our little insects,topic of our presentation in the classroom today—. And so on the time together in the classroom went on as they recognized , most of the delicious fruits carried to them in the box, and as Estela helped them recognize a few others which which used to be very common, really exclusive to México and to our region, perhaps not as common to see nowadays in our markets as it used to be years ago, —they repeated in chorus: “Chirimoyas, our delicious local Granadas, Papayas Amarillas, Higos, Tejocotes, Andrinas Amarillas —seldom seen nowadyas in our fruit farms”, etcétera. Elementary school graders attend classes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 30-minute break to eat lunch packed to them at home by their mothers, and attend 6-8 subjects a week; Mathematics, Spanish, Civics and Ethics, Natural Sciences, Reading, History, and nowadays for about 10 years now, our education institutions found it determining to implement an additional and special book which contents show children the cultural and natural treasure in general of their own state. This book in the state of Michoacán and the state of México, speak of the fantastic phenomenon of the Monarch Butterflies. Teachers get continuously trained by the state so as to be able to teach all subjects to their groups during the week, on the richness of our own local traditions, natural resources in local flora, fauna and typical dishes which could make us feel even prouder of our own roots and identity. The Symbolic Migration visits try to stress a lot in this aspect at every visit to every classroom: “we have a real future assured in our own land, as long we care on our local surrounding, no matter what our professions in the future shall be, where the ones who temporarily leave home later for work or studies shall go, we will always long to come back home realizing we are among the richest people in the world by living in this beatiful natural reserve where Monarchs increased our sense for conservation for the assurance of our own future lives”, —Estela concluded the visit to children and youngsters in this uncomparable natural site and village—. Children jumped in happiness the moment they opened their envelopes, saw gifts and realized from how very far their Ambassador Monarch came to bring wishes of well-being and compromise to preservation of Monarch Butterflies Habitat and nature in general.

SYMBOLIC MONARCHS RECEIVED HERE.- 538 - 555

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