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Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration Update: October 21, 1998

Today's Update Includes:

Thousands of Butterflies Have Landed in Minnesota
Greetings from the symbolic migration staging ground in Minneapolis, where your butterflies are now resting. Once again this year, you've managed to bury us in butterflies. In what has become an annual tradition, you sent so many on a single day that the post office had to bring the butterflies in their own truck!

We are now preparing them for the final leg of their fall journey to Mexico. Over the next 10 days, envelopes from each class will be opened and the butterflies will be mixed with monarchs sent from students across the U.S and Canada. Just like the real monarchs now funneling through Texas, the symbolic monarchs will travel side by side and spend the winter together.

Symbolic Migration Art Gallery Now Open
Here's a glimpse of some of the butterflies that are on their way to Mexico!

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Butterflies Fly Free to Mexico
We're thrilled to say that UPS (United Parcel Service) will provide transportation for the Symbolic Migration again this year! Box and boxes full of your butterflies will be flown to Mexico by UPS's special international cargo service. We hope you'll take the time to thank UPS for this support! Without Mr. Jim Meyer, CEO of UPS Minnesota, this would not be possible:

Mr. Jim Meyer
District Manager
United Parcel Service
3312 Broadway Street N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413

"I hope you like the butterflies. They'll be with you all winter and come back to us in the spring."
City Honors School
Buffalo, NY

Hola Amigo, I live in northern Minnesota where soon the trees will lose their leaves and snow will fall.

Pequot Lakes, MN

What's in Store for Your Symbolic Butterflies?
Watch for weekly updates over the next 3 weeks! Mark your calendar because here's what we're planning:

October 28, 1998
Inspect the pictures of kids buried in butterflies, read the clues, and then place your guess: Exactly how many symbolic butterflies do you think are headed to Mexico?

November 2, 1998
Check the Symbolic Migration Passenger lists and make sure yours are on board. They'll fly out tonight on Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but you can track their migration LIVE to Mexico on the UPS WWW site. Exactly how many days, hours, minutes and seconds do you think the symbolic migration will take?

November 10, 1998
By now, your butterflies will have arrived at their new home in Mexico. We'll send news from Papalote in Mexico City, and from the schools surrounding the real monarch sanctuaries near Angangeuo. Find out how fast the butterflies traveled, and exactly how many symbolic butterflies made the trip.

Looking for Symbolism
As you follow the migrations of real and symbolic butterflies this year, look for similarities and differences between the migrations. Keep a list of comparisons all year and watch it grow. To get started, here are some things to think about:

Challenge Question # 9

Send us your thoughts any time!

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  3. In the body of the message, answer the question above.

The Next Symbolic Monarch Migration Update Will be Posted on October 28, 1998.

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