Local school festival highlight will be the release of a rehabilitated owl back into the wild
Online PR News – 21-October-2013 – Holly Springs, NC – The third annual New School Montessori Center Fall Festival is partnering with Carolina Raptor Center in a joint fundraiser. The school’s “Feather Fest” is being held October 25 at 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the New School in Holly Springs. Open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature bouncy houses, fair rides, music, prizes and exhibits. Besides vendor booths, exhibits will feature work by students on the festival theme, raptor conservation.
The joint fundraiser is a collaboration between Carolina Raptor Center and the New School, which emphasizes educational value of conservation. In early September, Carolina Raptor Center presented a live program at the school to lay the groundwork for the festival. “We are thrilled to partner with Carolina Raptor Center,” said New School program director Julie Schroer. “This organization takes in sick or injured birds, bringing them back to health. Our support of the center is helping our students and parents appreciate the beauty and importance of birds of prey.”
The highlight of the event is the release of a recovered bird back to the wild from the festival site, with the festival attendees looking on. “We’re so excited!” said Ms. Schroer, “Just last week, the Center confirmed that they will be releasing a barred owl at the event. It will be such an inspiring moment for education and conservation,” she added.
The VIP guest for the festival, Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears, will have the honor of conducting the release. “Few things are more inspiring that watching a wild raptor fly free again over an open field or hearing a wild owl hoot at dusk as it is restored to its natural place in the scheme of things. It truly is a magical experience,” said Michele Houck, Associate Executive Director at Carolina Raptor Center. “We’re delighted that the New School sees the value of our work and is so supportive of our educational mission,” she said.
About New School Montessori Center
The New School Montessori Center is an independent, accredited Montessori school serving infants through sixth grade located in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The school is ideally situated for families living in the Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and southern Raleigh communities. The New School is a full member of the American Montessori Society. Our school offers a personalized learning approach that puts each individual child at the heart of everything we do. Our programs feature hands-on materials, developmentally appropriate and engaging environments, and project-based and interdisciplinary curricula taught by certified Montessori teachers and specialty staff.
About Carolina Raptor Center
Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through research, education, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. CRC’s environmental education team sees over 25,000 children a year on the Raptor Trail and in their classrooms. Over 40,000 people a year walk the Raptor Trail to enjoy our over 25 species of native and exotic raptors. The rehabilitation hospital treats over 800 raptors a year, of those that survive the first 24 hours, 68 percent are released back into the wild.