Medford’s Monarchs Move to Mexico

Medford Lakes School District’s 3rd Graders sent their Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

The 3rd grade students learned the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly first hand in their classroom as they watched it grow from eggs to a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. The butterfly project was intertwined with their studies in science.

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The students and teachers brought their butterflies to the field around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. All three 3rd grade classes stood in a vey large circle and chanted “Gotto go — Gotto Go — Gotto to Go to Mexico!” Each student made a t-shirt and hat and sang a song for all the parents and teachers who attended the release. Then, the Monarch butterfly warmed its wings up and took off, flying 5–10 mph on the wind currents traveling up to 80 miles a day to get to Mexico.

This project began in 2001 and is still continuing today. This is a great way for students to learn the respect and appreciation of our habitat. The project is sponsored by the Medford Lakes Education Foundation and funded by UNISHIPPERS.

Medford Lakes School district’s enthusiasm for educational excellence will continue with many more events throughout the year. For further information please contact Tiffany Byrne, Communications Specialist at or visit us at

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