Mayor’s Monarch Pledge Celebration for Wake County Third Graders

Butterfly release

A wonderful celebration was held for 125 third-grade students at Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Holly Springs Tuesday (May 24). These are the students that wrote letters to mayors in Wake County this spring, which resulted in every municipality in Wake County having committed to the NWF Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. What an amazing achievement, and the kids were very excited to be recognized this week!

The ceremony included four mayors, NCWF representatives, and school administrators. Monty Morée, president of South Wake Conservationists, presented Katie Thompson, the students’ Global Education teacher, with an NCWF commemorative plaque to be put on permanent display at the school. Fred Harris, Natural Resources Specialist at NCWF, also presented individual certificates of achievement to be given to each student.

The students were thrilled that four of the mayors found time to come to the ceremony and give their personal congratulations: Ms. Virginia Gray – Mayor of Wendell, Ms. Jessica Day – Mayor of Knightdale, Mr. Blake Massengill – Mayor of Fuquay Varina, and Mr. Ken Marshburn – Mayor of Garner.

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai – won Nobel Peace Prize at 17

The best part was the release of a kaleidoscope of butterflies in the school parking lot at the end of the ceremony. Off they went to find their way north on the incredible multi-generational journey from Mexico to the Canadian border. Hopefully, they will stop by some of our local pollinator gardens along the way.

Another view of butterfly release

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