Steve Irwin started coming into our home when my son was 2. He enjoyed the Croc Files and that’s probably where he got his love for alligators, sharks, and other animals. These past few days has me going down memory lane of some of our favorite shows, concern for his family and the pain they are going through, and thoughts on how the rest of the world is grieving Steve, The Crocodile Hunter.
The outpouring of comments and heart felt condolensces can be found on many websites, especially The Animal Planet website. Sometimes though, pen and paper make the best tool to share your thoughts, express your feelings, and to begin the healing. Betsy Whalen, the Director of Discovery Educator Network sent us an email earlier that gives you and your students a way to share your thoughts. Here is her message to you:
In the days since the death of Steve Irwin, we’ve received a number of comments from DEN teachers about the difficulties their students are having dealing with this tragedy. According to news articles posted the other day, psychologists have said that adults need to realize that for children, Irwin’s death has a similar impact as Kennedy or Princess Diana’s did for adults and we can’t underestimate the importance of helping them deal with losing someone that many young children felt personally connected to.
In light of that, we’d like to reach out to the students in the DEN community and provide them with an opportunity to express their feelings about the Crocodile Hunter by writing letters to the Irwin family to communicate their condolences and provide some thoughts on why the Crocodile Hunter was important to them.
If your DEN members’ class, or select students in the class, would like to contribute letters, please ask them to package individual letters in one package and send them to me at:
1 Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20814
We will package all of our DEN student letters up and deliver them directly to the Irwin Family through Animal Planet.
We’ll also keep you updated on the development of the the Crikey fund and other ways students may be able to participate to feel connected to the Crocodile Hunter.