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McDowell County students re-create monarchs' journey

West Marion Elementary School partnered with students from sister school Glenwood Elemenary to highlight the magnificent monarch migration. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

West Marion Elementary School partnered with students from sister school Glenwood Elementary to highlight the magnificent monarch migration.

Kids walked the nature trail as they traced the 3,500-mile journey monarchs make on their way to Mexico. They also learned about the challenges the butterflies must overcome along the way, like severe weather and a shortage of nectar.

"We got to climb a hill, and they told us down there that it wouldn't be easy. And that is how butterflies feel when they're coming," third-grader Kaine said.

And after the students completed their imaginary journey, they were welcomed in Mexico, where they learned about the language and some of the country's history and, of course, about the people's love of music. Oh, and they released three tagged monarchs and wished them well on their amazing journey.

"Today is just a celebration of life and to bring awareness to the monarch, milkweed and their migration to Mexico," fifth-grade teacher Renata Crawley said.

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