Frog Writing '99
These are letters we received from students at St. Anthony Park Elementary School
in St. Paul, MN after seeing the play, 'Frog Call.'


Frog populations are declining around the world. Malformed frogs have been reported across North America and on other continents. Students from Minnesota to Florida monitor frog populations, and share their creative work with a global audience of schools, scientists, poets and painters. Frogs are indicating to us that something is happening to our environment, but will we listen to their Frog CALL?

In the production, Frog CALL, a really big frog (Alex) guides us through some of the challenges facing frogs as they become adults. This beautiful creature also shows us how amphibians act as indicators of environmental quality and how we humans can help amphibians and care for the environment.

For its first year, the production travelled to schools in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul and was viewed by over 2,500 students and teachers. This interactive production is aimed at grades 2-6 and lasts approximately 40 minutes. It was sponsored in part by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Caitlin
Fiona
Chai
Maikao
Keelan
Xee

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Dear Hamline University,

I liked the play about "Frogs." It was fantastic, funny, and educational. The frog sounds were really different. I didn't know why they sounded like that. I liked the costums expecial the tadpole ones. The play was interesting. The rappers were funny. I liked the C.A.L.L. thing Care, Adopts, Look, and Listen. The policem was funny I liked it when he said, "Chin up."

    Bye for now,
    Cailtin
    (the blone girl who went up and was a volunteer.)


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Dear Tracy Fredin,

Your play was so funny. My favorite part was when you had "Volcabulary alert." If I was the the teacher I'd say "yes" anytime. I also liked your costumes. They were cool. I think your play was realistic in every part. I like how you invited Mr. Bruce Vento, what a surprise. I like your canary idea and frog costume it was cool.

    Sincerely,

    Fiona


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Dear Hamline,

Your play about frogs was great. You guys are funny. My favorite part is when we made the frogg sounds and the police said chin up. We had learned about many things about frogs. frogs can live in land and water.

    Thank you,

    Chai


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Dear Hamline University,

Hi! How are guys doing? I'am fine.
I just want to write this letter for a Thank-You for inviting us to your frog play. It was very nice and cool. The play was interesting and funny, I liked the part when the police said "chin up" and also the rap song. I like things that is over there at Hamline University. The light were beautiful and shinny. The actor was funny and was cool. I like the frog sounds and alot of stuff in the play. The constumes the frog ware were cool. I also like the play and the actor alot. The other actor was cool too.

    Your friend,
    Maikao


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Dear Tracy Fredin,

I really liked the frog play. Thank you for inviting us to it. I had a great time. Now we know what bioindicator and permeate mean. We know what kind of sounds frogs make too. The show was educational because I didn't know that miners used canaries to detect poisonous gasses in the air.

    Sincerely,

    Keelan


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Dear Hamline,

Thank you for letting us watch your play. I really like the play. The play is nice and so you know that I really like frogs? Do you like frogs? I know that some frogs are poisonous. Please bring the frog show to our school. Do you like the music? I really like the music. I really do like the costumes. Do you like the costumes? I liked the actors. Do you like the actors? Those sun glasses are funny and cool looking. All of our classes liked your show.

P.S. Thank you!!
Please write back
soon, or later.

    Thank you,
    Xee


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