LIMA — Sixth grade students at St. Charles Catholic School received a surprise visit from local wildlife Friday morning when a small doe found its way into a small courtyard outside social studies teacher Kelly Gronas’s window.
“It stopped and stared at the building because it knew it couldn’t go in there. It stood just like a statue,” Gronas said. “(The kids) were all in awe. It was a beautiful sight.”
Without alerting the animal, Gronas shepherded the rest of the class into the hallway. Roughly 25 years ago, another deer had made its way into St. Charles by jumping through a window and wreaked havoc in the school’s science room. Gronas said she wanted to avoid a similar situation.
Luckily, Principal Megan Scheid came to the rescue by shooing the animal away without a problem.
“We didn’t know it was part of her job responsibility,” Gronas said.
Later in the day, Gronas used the minor incident as a teachable moment and talked to the students about the encroachment of urban areas on natural habitats where deer live.
“It will be something that they never forget — a deer just five feet away from the window,” Gronas said.
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