Dino man delivers prehistoric fun to elementary school
MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Elementary School got a special visit from the Dino Man Thursday, Nov. 7, to teach the students about dinosaurs and the solar system.
First grade teacher Peggy Ruest led her class down the hall to the gym, where Bob Lisaius was set up for his presentation.
“The kids were extremely excited,” Ruest said. “They were vocal, they were very happy to be there and they were very involved with the presentation, which was nice.”
During the presentation, Lisaius went around the audience of students and teachers, and showed them fossils and bits of amber and meteorites.
“When we get outside presentations, it shows the kids that there’s something else just besides school,” she said. “It exposes them to more educational opportunities.”
One of Ruest’s students, Jordyn Theriault, 6, said her favorite part was when they blew up the inflatable dinosaurs. Each dinosaur was built to scale and featured a dinosaur the age of an eighth-grader, and one of the third-grader.
“I had so much fun,” Theriault said as she recited things she learned from the presentation.
“If the shell is too big, it doesn’t bring in air and the baby won’t be able to survive. It has to be the right size,” she said.
Lisaius set up his deflated dinos and gave his presentation about the different fossils he had. At the young age of 11, Lisaius found dinosaur tracks in New Jersey and said he’s been going dino ever since.
“If you want to keep studying dinosaurs, you have to get some kind of job,” he said.
With his family in Vermont, digging in Wyoming proves to be a difficult task so he decided to do his educational dino shows and dig in the summer when he can.
“I love doing these presentations,” he said. “I mean, I have the best audiences ever. These kids are all great.”
This was the first time the Dino Man had come to the Madawaska Elementary School since it has been in the current location. He said the last time he came to Madawaska, the school was on Route 1.
“I can’t believe how beautiful this school is,” he said. “It is absolutely gorgeous. I hear they are going to put in the multi-million dollar high school which is unbelievable. I don’t see this type of input in other parts of the country.”
He added that he was impressed with the students and staff and was happy to be there.