Ride350 VIDEO: Asio Otus

Mendocino Middle School students and Ride350 turning off the lights, photo by Toby Taylor

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Today we visited Mendocino Middle School at the invitation of “the coolest teacher,” Jeremiah Siem. Our team talked to the kids about how climate change could affect their community. Concerned, attentive, and wicked smart, the kids threw an assortment of great questions our way—and came up with some awesome ideas of what they could do to help make a positive difference in their community, like getting mom to ride her bike instead of taking the car, organizing a beach clean-up, or turning off the lights when they leave the room (blowing up factories was ruled out by boos).

This grand conversation was kicked off by a phenomenal demonstration of the asio otus bird call—which spread smiles and laughter throughout the packed lunchroom.

 

 

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