Bats might have invaded the Austin Road Elementary School in western Mahopac but students, faculty and staff are not the least bit concerned.
As a matter of fact, the school family is thrilled that teacher Mary Jean Cerbini and her fifth graders have placed artist’s renderings of bats on walls throughout the school building in conjunction with the “Habitats for Bats” curriculum project being held in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Cerbini noted that children have been learning interesting facts about bats: “They are currently in hibernation due to the winter like weather our area has experienced. A bat’s wing is similar to the human hand containing a thumb and four fingers.”
As part of the project, Austin Road students were encouraged to create and submit posters depicting the knowledge they learned regarding bats such as habitation, hibernation and roosting.
Last week, Cerbini selected three entries submitted to the state for judging. The finalists included: Lena Ademi, Sophia Camastro and Emma Westcott.
Regional judging will take place in upstate Cortland with nine regional champions vying for the New York State title in 2019.