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  1. 715 free fossil kits. That is the number. We have three individual class presentations left and a small assembly type for two classes. Adding up those students with the students we have already done presentations for put us right around 715 for the spring. Every teacher got fossil kits for future students to enjoy too. The fossils we gave away we are a combination of our own fossils, fossils we purchased, and a hell of a lot of donated fossils from TFF members. The kids knew that most of the fossils were given to us to give to them from very generous people. That is 700+ kids that got take fossil home and hopefully that inspires further interest in fossils and natural history. It has been such a great thing to see the kids light up and see them talking about it with each other and comparing fossils. I will spend most of today preparing the kits for this week. I have not kept track of the time I put into the giveaways but i can say MOST Sundays since early March have been spent watching golf while preparing these kits all day lol EVERY student and teacher got shark teeth. We mixed in fossils from the Devonian through Pleistocene. Kids got coral, gastropods, brachipods, crinoid stems, bivalves, sand dollars, croc bones, a few mosasaur teeth, and dino bone fragments plus other stuff I am forgetting. The fossils came from all over the world. I am really proud of this and grateful to all the members who donated. Our supplies will be completely exhausted and that is okay with me We made a difference. That WE includes our TFF friends. You are part of the Fossils on Wheels education programs. We could not have done this without you.
  2. Today is a big day for Fossils on Wheels. It is our first multiple school, multiple program adventure. Three programs at two schools, 1 shark and 2 dino programs. I am excited to the point of being hyper, which could also be due to too much coffee lol This is a great challenge for me as I have to rapidly switch gears from shark adaptations to dinosaur adaptations. It is a physical challenge as well just setting up the different programs. My son is at school today so it is all me though he will be with me for a program tomorrow. By the end of today, more than 100 students will have gotten fossil education and free fossil starter kits. It took me several hours yesterday to reload our supply of fossils kits as we have already given out more than I anticipated but this is a fantastic problem to have
  3. The response to our programs has been almost unbelievable to me. We booked an additional 5 programs this week and will be working almost non-stop until the end of the school year !! It going so well that I am now concerned about having enough fossils to give away to all of the students. This is not a problem that I had foreseen as I did not expect to be this busy. I am going to have to get more shark teeth and we had ALOT of shark teeth to give away. I am really happy about this. The first teacher we did a program for told us that we would be working year around in no time and it appears he was right. We will spend the summer putting our name out there with events like a Dino Day at the Library and an activity at the small science museum that I work for plus some summer camp gigs are not out of the question. As an educator, all of this fills me with a great deal of pride. We are nailing every program and each one gets better. The feedback has been awesome. The need for better supportive education is significant in our area and we are delivering that. I am learning on the fly about dinosaur fossil collecting and The Fossil Forum has proven to be an invaluable resource. I thank people here pretty frequently and this is just another thank you. There is no way we would be having this level of early success without the knowledge, support and donations of fossil material from the members. I am very sincere in saying we could not do this without you. Each kid that gets a program from us has taken home knowledge and fossils. We are making an impact and that to me is the reason for doing this. Carter and I are extremely grateful to all of you
  4. Read that title and imagine a cheesy 80's TV commercial from your local furniture store lol We booked 4 more programs which means at least 130 more free fossil start kits will end up in the hands of local kids We received a fantastic donation from @Flx of some dinosaur bones, including some chunkasaurus bones. Carter and I decided to match that so we donated some chunkasaurus bones from our Jurassic purchase. We can now mix in dinosaur bones for the kids which is really pretty cool. It is an awesome feeling to see the kids react to getting fossils. It makes all the hard work well worth it. My best guess right now is that by the end of the school year, we will have provided education for over 1,000 kids and given away 500 free fossil kits. We do not have the supplies to give away fossils at the large school wide presentations but that gives us a goal to work towards. Another huge thank you to all who have donated fossils and helped us with knowledge and support. We could not do this without all of you !
  5. Yesterday we knocked out our first Dinosaur Rock education program, tomorrow we do our first 3 Sharks Through Time education program. Unlike Monday when I was pretty nervous about our first program ever, I am relaxed and ready to talk about shark adaptations over 400 million years. We have nice fossil displays, the science is strong, and FREE shark tooth laden fossil starter kits. A HUGE thank you goes out to all who donated. Those donations are getting into the hands of kids We will hand out 100 fossil kits tomorrow and by the end of our first official week of operation, close to 150 fossil starter kits will be in the hands of local elementary students. That is not a bad first week at all.
  6. I have detailed our shark education program in previous posts but I forgot the best part. Fossils on Wheels has around 350-400 shark teeth that will be given away to kids. All of these come from donations. My son and I have donated around half and the rest have come from donors on TFF, who we have thanked in previous posts. These are really my favorite fossils because they serve a higher purpose. Getting kids interested in science, natural history, fossils and of course, SHARKS !!! I write a lot in these posts but the core of what we do is summarized above. This is fun and we are feel lucky to be doing this. The donations from TFF members are allowing us to do this and the kids will know it. Thanks to donations of marine invertebrate fossils, these teeth are going to become fossil starter kits with other fossils mixed in. The pictured below are some of the fossils. Some STH mako teeth and about 100 Squalicorax teeth are not in the picture because they are in my laundry room at the moment. Tomorrow, I start bagging these and putting together information cards so I wll know exactly how many fossil start kits we will have in a day or two. We have a nice mix Moroccan Squalicorax, Sand Tiger teeth and Otodus teeth, a significant number of STH mako teeth, teeth from a few smaller STH shark species, a few Ptychodus, and a few Goblin Shark teeth. We are trying to make sure we give away teeth from species we cover in the presentation. THANK YOU FOSSIL FORUM MEMBERS for helping us make this happen
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