"Winter Notes" from Mexico
A Letter to Say Your Butterflies Have Arrived Safely!
After sending your butterflies to Mexico you won't see Symbolic Monarchs
again until spring. However, we want your class to know that your butterflies
have arrived safely in Mexico. Therefore, during the winter, watch your
mailbox for a "winter note" from a student in Mexico.
for "Winter Notes"
At the fall staging grounds in Minnesota, one representative butterfly
from each class is placed in a special box labeled "winter notes."
This box travels along with all the others to the monarch sanctuary-area
schools in Mexico. (We can't afford the postage to send a winter note
for every butterfly we receive, so one representative butterfly per class
is selected. This way, every participating class should get one "winter
When the box arrives in Mexico our coordinator, German Medina,
immediately hires people in Angangueo to address mailing envelopes in
which to mail the winter notes. Each classroom's address is written on
the front of an envelope.
German distributes thousands of Symbolic Butterflies to students near
the sanctuaries. He takes also envelopes for the winter notes. Students
write a letter back at that time.
January, Early February
German attaches stamps and mails the Winter Notes to the U.S./Canada.
January: Watch Your Mailbox!
after January, you may receive a letter postmarked from Mexico.
Please Note: Mail sent from Mexico is not always reliable. While one
"winter note" will be mailed to each participating classroom,
we cannot guarantee you will receive it!
Cycle of Friendship Continues...
and Spring: After receiving a winter note, some U.S. and Canadian
classrooms write back to their new friends. All letters to Mexico are
sent in care of German Medina.
Spring and Summer: German distributes them to the mountain
schools in late spring and summer.
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