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Running to the Raptors!

May 11, 2022 | Kate Streelman

Last Wednesday, the first graders got to travel to the Raptor Trust.  This bird rehabilitation and education center is located in Millington, NJ and was only a (rented) bus ride away!

First, we spent sometime in the education center learning about adaptations that help raptors (and other birds) to survive.  Then we got to meet a real live owl!  His name was Sonny.  He is a Barred owl who has been with the Raptor Trust for 8 years.  He’s unable to survive in the wild, but has a great home with them and gets to meet lots of kids to teach them about bird conservation.

Then we had some time to explore and visit all the other birds living at the Raptor Trust.  Ask your child which one was their favorite!  We saw more Barred Owls, American Kestrels, Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures, and more!

Finally, we returned to the education center where we explored all the interesting materials they had for us, like feathers, and bird call machines.  We went on a scavenger hunt to find what raptors eat.  We even got to measure our wingspan and see which bird we are the size of!

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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