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By Kristina Pritchett

For the second year in a row, Dana Wharf gave R.H. Dana Elementary School students a morning to remember after inviting the school to go on a whale watching trip.

Donna Kalez, owner of Dana Wharf, said her father, Don Hansen, invited members of R.H. Dana to attend a trip after the school’s 50th anniversary.

“It’s such a great experience for the students,” said Christina Portillo, principal at R.H. Dana.

In the classrooms, teachers have taught students about whales, their anatomy, marine life and more, and on Wednesday, the students were able to see some of those lessons up close.

Bonny Pitkin, a fifth-grade teacher, stood on the Dana Pride with her students and watched as dolphins jumped out of the water.

The students will be walking in the Festival of Whales parade and will use Wednesday’s trip in their upcoming writing assignments or projects.

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