Green Chimneys Students Experience Cultural Exchange with Students in Madagascar

Erik Callender, a longtime friend of Green Chimneys, recently shared his world travels and animal adventures with Green Chimneys School students through a unique and inspirational communication experience with students in Ranomafana, Madagascar.

As a renowned wildlife and reptile expert, Erik (aka “Erik the Reptile Guy”) has fascinated audiences year after year at Green Chimneys’ famous Birds of Prey Day event.

A live Skype session with a classroom in Ranomafana, Madagascar, allowed the children of both countries to meet and read with each other from Erik’s new book, Madagascar Live, Volume 2: Journey into the Forest of Ranomafana. The classes greeted each other in the other’s native language, and the Brewster, NY, students got a peek at some rare forest creatures of the African nation, some of which are at risk of extinction.

Green Chimneys School is a multi-faceted, nonprofit educational organization designed for students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational setting and who require a highly structured and supportive program. The therapeutic program incorporates academic, behavioral, and emotional support in an enriched academic environment with a vast array of innovative programming, including life skills, music and art, animal-assisted activities, and outdoor education, all based in experiential learning.

To learn more about Erik Callender visit Erik’s Reptile Edventures on Facebook.

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