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Happy Vacation Week Watershed Explorers,

I hope that this post finds you having some fun and relaxing a bit! I wanted to add an update to a post that I shared about the North American river otter two weeks ago. The female otter at the Roger Williams Park Zoo who was pictured in the post delivered her pups on February 1, 2021. I had reported that they were going to be due sometime in August as that is what we had been told, but after seeing the post on the zoo's website, we learned that she has already had them. There were two girls and two boys. The otters will all remain off exhibit for many weeks so that mom and babies can get acquainted with one another. Baby otters cannot open their eyes for almost five weeks and will remain in their mother's care until they can move around. Check out the zoo's website, for information and some adorable photos of the new babies.

I don't know if you notice in my posts, but I like to use the word hope frequently. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is that hope spreads positivity. If there is a reason for hope, it means that positive change is possible. I have a challenge for you this week: Identify your reason for hope and write a short paragraph about it. Share your paragraph with me at I would love to showcase some of your responses in a future post. There is so much in this world to be thankful for, to be hopeful for, let's share these wonderful stories of positivity.

Here is my reason for hope: I have two beautiful girls, ages 5 and 8. Every day they both remind me that there is wonder in this world. They ask dozens of questions and are intrigued by minute details that most adults would overlook. Their spirit and need for discovery awaken my own. I am also blessed to have hundreds of students who do the same. Your creativity and interest are inspirational. Young people are my reason for hope. I know that you all can change our world for the better, and I can't wait to be amazed!

Have a wonderful week Watershed Explorers,

Mrs. Morissette

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