"We're actually working for a joint grant with the Orange County
Department of Education and KOCE regarding butterfly education," La
The program is called the "Butterfly Initiative: Celebration of
the Butterfly" and is a new Arts and Science Legacy Project. The
initiative was instigated to ignite imaginations and foster
creativity related to arts and science education in schools.
La Motte said students are writing poetry about butterflies that
will be entered into a contest at the Laguna Beach Public Library for
poetry month and put on display.
"We thought it would be fun to read some poetry in the garden and
get the kids in our outdoor classroom," La Motte said. "I dressed
like a butterfly to help kids know you can have fun while you work on
Second-grade teacher Linda Barker has coordinated the initiative
for Top of the World. Going from classroom to classroom, Barker
enthusiastically showed butterfly projects students had completed.
"One class will be doing a play on butterflies," Baker said.
Megan Bartlett's preschoolers made butterflies by having each
child's footprint painted and transferred onto paper side by side to
look like wings.
"They made a line going through with feelers," Barker said.
"They're called tennis shoe butterflies. They're learning about
Barker said it teaches students how math connects with nature.
"Greg Potter's third-grade class took two different leaves and
painted them; the leaf symmetry turned into butterfly leaf prints,"
Carol Nilsen used her passion for quilting to teach children about
the creature's symmetry. Her first-grade class made a colorful
butterfly quilt using oil pastels and fabric transfer. The class
named it "The Symmetrical Butterfly Magic Carpet Quilt."
"All second-grade classes will create a booklet on the lifecycle
of butterflies using computers," Barker said.
Second-graders also raise butterflies.
"They each get a caterpillar, watch it turn into a chrysalis, turn
into a painted lady butterfly, and then let it go," Barker said.
Marlene Javage, horticulturist and grandparent to second-grader
Alexandria Jensen, talked to students about plants and nature.
"Spring is a time for looking, looking at the ground at grubs,
seedlings and sprouting, and in the air at butterflies." Javage said.
Javage spoke about awareness of the environment, noticing nature
and looking for signs of spring.
"The whole purpose is in conjunction with KOCE and the Orange
County Department of Education," Barker said. "It's all part of the
art and science competition in Orange County."
The initiative also unifies the school while children learn,