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Experiential Learning

Ever since I was a little boy (Romeo) who watched the TV show called "Wild Discovery", I have had an interest in big cats. They are all such beautiful, beautiful beasts! I mean, look at them - beautiful looking, gorgeous eyes, powerful and strong. Who would have ever thought that one day I would hold in my arms a real, live lion??
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One day last school year, when I (Joshua B.) was in Grade 7, the class got to do an Inquiry on a topic of choice. I chose the TIGER because tigers are highly endangered. With this Inquiry, Romeo and I decided to sell freebies at school to help with lion/tiger conservation as they need our help. We went to the Bowmanville Zoo this past week and gave $300 to Mr. Hackenberger, owner of the zoo. Mr. Hackenberger is sending the money we raised to WILDCRU at Oxford University. WILDCRU stands for Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
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Mr. Hackenberger is such a nice man. Because he was proud of the money we raised, he let Romeo, Joshua, and I (Amelia) have a real live tiger and lion cub encounter. Now take that in - up close and personal with a LION and a TIGER! We got to pet and hold in our arms these two BEAUTIFUL animals! It was superb, outstanding, amazing, breathtaking, a bit scary, fun, cool, and once in a lifetime! I will never get to experience this again so I know I have been blessed with an opportunity very few will ever get to experience!
Eds note: Huge credit to Ms. Stoner for organizing this authentic learning experience for her students