Exceptional Education students in Mary Ryan’s class were recently treated to an outing to the Pet Supply Store on Main Street in Mexico.
Students have been learning about animal classification, living environments, what foods different animals eat and how they survive in the wild.
Ryan said that her students were particularly interested in the unit because they have pets at home of their own.
Ryan visited the Pet Supply Store prior to the outing to take photos for a paper scavenger hunt. Students unable to come on the trip were able to answer the questions from their classroom.
Sixth grade student Floyd Haywood fed the store’s bearded dragon kale and crickets. He also spent time playing with the store’s cat Romeo and watching Petunia, the Netherland dwarf bunny, interact with the Guinea pigs.
Haywood also looked at the ingredients in dog treats, counted the number of aquariums in the store and learned how often fish should be fed.
The field trip has inspired a school-wide community service project of collecting animal supplies for the SPCA, Humane Society and Paws Across Oswego County.
A collection box will be located in room six of the Stern Building during the months of November and December.