For 13 years Librarian, Lori Kendrick, of Hayden Elementary has worked with students for a period of 10 weeks to submit their artwork for a drawing in the Jr, Duck Stamp contest.
Ms. Kendrick said,
"We start after Christmas Vacation and for about 10 weeks the students give up 2-3 (or more) recesses a week to work on their project. This year we talked about conservation and wetland on our first session then they look at all the pictures I have of ducks, geese and swans that I have collected over the years to choose what kind of bird they will draw. I work with 3-6 graders here at school during the day and occasionally when they are older, they will come back after school to do a picture.
After they are finished (sometimes up to the last minute), turned in and judged, all the students who finished get to go on an all day field trip to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge about 5 miles down the road. I try to have sessions in the afternoon that teach about wetlands, wildlife, etc. Sometimes, I get speakers or interns from the refuge to help. In the morning we usually take a hike and do a community project (pick up trash, plant trees, whatever they want us to do).
Lunch is usually at Meyer's Cabin (restored log cabin).
We always have fun and always learn a lot. "
On April 9, 2007 the group of Hayden Elementary Students will be judged on their submmissions of artwork and will visit the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wetlands and everything to do with them. State Chairman Elect, Frank Wolka, Jr., will also be at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge to speak to the children about Ducks Unlimited and their siginificance with Wetlands Conservation.