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What’s Right with Our School: The WOW program at Washington Irving


EDMOND, Okla. — NewsChannel 4`s Meg Alexander takes you to an elementary school where a lot of lessons are learned outside the walls of the school. In tonight`s segment of “What`s Right with our Schools.”

The school is Washington Irving Elementary in Edmond. They have a beautiful butterfly garden that also doubles as a classroom; an outdoor classroom.

The 5th grade students are part of a program called “Watching Outdoor Wonders or WOW.

They study the life cycle of butterflies and learn about the flowers that attract these beautiful flying insects.

You could say they have budding entomologists and botanists and even work with scientists to tag butterflies and track their migration paths.

This remarkable WOW program was started by Cheryl Kern. She is a retired teacher who spent 17 years at Washington Irving.

She says getting the students outdoors makes for a great learning experience.

And the students find their time in the butterfly garden stimulating.

Our sponsor of “What`s Right with our Schools,” Randall Reed Ford recognizes this unique program.

The WOW program at Washington Irving Elementary is another great example of What`s Right with our Schools.

If you know about something good happening at a school near you, we want to hear about it.