Neuhaus Celebrates “Mastodon Day” With Fourth Graders at Willow Avenue Elementary School in Cornwall
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus spent part of Monday morning meeting with fourth-grade students at Willow Avenue Elementary School in Cornwall to celebrate “Mastodon Day.”
Debra Gilson and her class invited Neuhaus to visit after learning the history of mastodons in Orange County. Neuhaus declared Monday, October 15th “Mastodon Day” in Orange County during his meeting with two fourth-grade classes at Willow Avenue Elementary School and presented the students with a proclamation to commemorate the day. “I always enjoy my visit with Ms. Gilson’s fourth graders and it’s wonderful that ‘Mastodon Day’ has become an annual event,” Neuhaus said. “The fact that the students at Willow Avenue Elementary School have taken such an interest in mastodons and the rich history of Orange County is impressive. The schoolchildren, the faculty and the staff were gracious hosts and it was great to return to the school for this fun and interesting event.”
Mastodons have a rich history in Orange County. Thirty-eight skeletons have been found since 1780, making Orange County the unofficial capital of exhumed mastodons in the U.S. Mastodons, which are distantly related to elephants, inhabited North and Central America approximately 10,000 years ago. Neuhaus presented each of the students with a proclamation certificate declaring another “Mastodon Day” in Orange County.
“The County Executive has graciously accepted our invitation to visit the school every year and we are appreciative of that,” Gilson said. “For him to come to our classroom and spend some time with us certainly made it a special day for our students. We want to thank Mr. Neuhaus for investing his time in us.”
Caption: Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus with Willow Avenue students