A total of 270 elementary students from four Grant County schools enjoyed learning about marine life from Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium staff who visited Prairie City School.

Enjoying the April 18 event were kindergarten through sixth grade students from Prairie City, Monument and Seneca, and Humbolt Elementary’s kindergarten through second-grade students.

Two aquarium scientists shared information about whales and other sea creatures that live off the Oregon Coast, including the various species and their sizes, also the difference between marine mammals and fish and how they survive. The presentation included a life-sized inflatable killer whale.

Prairie City Superintendent/Principal Casey Hallgarth said the event was fun and interactive for the students.

“It was a pleasure to be able to host this event and to offer it to our neighboring schools,” Hallgarth said. “It gave a chance for our kids to see other faces and to learn a little about marine life.”

Angel Carpenter is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. She can be contacted at angel@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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