Cleveland Innovation Students Release Butterflies at Central Services Office

Cleveland Innovation Students Release Butterflies at Central Services Office
Posted on 04/29/2021
Donna Suttle with her Cleveland Innovation students

Author: Jessica Dulin

Mrs. Donna Suttle invited her Cleveland Innovation students to Central Services to release butterflies that the students had been learning about in class.

For the past few weeks, the class has been raising their butterflies and watching them evolve over time. Arriving as eggs, the children watched as the eggs hatched and became caterpillars. The caterpillars then built their chrysalises where they were soon transformed into beautiful monarch butterflies.

The children were excited to share what they had learned in class with their parents and Central Services staff members, even telling everyone about how they had named each individual butterfly. Each student was sure to name one of the ten butterflies after themselves and even named one after their teacher!

The students soon became antsy to release the butterflies, so when the time came, they opened the butterfly habitat and let the butterflies fly away. Some of the butterflies landed on students’ hands, arms, and legs before they finally flew off into the distance.

“It was such a fun and engaging activity for students, parents, siblings, grandparents, and Central Service staff,” said Donna Suttle, teacher for Cleveland Innovation. “Hearing the excitement in students' voices and seeing the delight on their faces as the butterflies took flight made the release truly amazing.”

This process was a great learning experience for the students as they learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. It also provided a way for students to learn while having a fun, interactive experience with their classmates and teacher.