Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Penguin pays visit to Weigel

Paula, a penguin from the Newport Aquarium, recently paid a visit to Weigel Elementary School.

Paula and her caretakers -- Rainforest Curator Ric Urban and Newport Aquarium Educator Siobhan Slone – visited the fifth-grade students at the Colerain Township school on Jan. 13. Urban provided detailed information about Paula, the South African penguin and other species of penguins.

The visit was part of a prize that fifth grader Paul Burkart won. Paul entered an aquarium contest that tasked second- through sixth-grade students with writing an essay or poem addressing “Why Energy Conservation is Important to Our Future.” As one of five winning entries, Paul’s poem, “Keeping Our Earth Clean,” earned him the school visit by Paula, a certificate and $100 for Weigel Elementary to use towards a new or existing conservation project.


Weigel fifth grader Paul Burkart is pictured with Paula the penguin. (Provided photo)

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