Second graders at Morgan County Primary School raise their hands to ask questions during a live Skype session with Maine residents Sept. 18, 2013. Photo by Jesse Walker

Second graders at Morgan County Primary School raise their hands to ask questions during a live Skype session with Maine residents Sept. 18, 2013. Photo by Jesse Walker

Facts about Maine Maine gets about 8-12 inches of snow at a time. Georgia and Maine share the same state insect: the honeybee. Maine state cat is (surprise!) the Maine Coon. Maine is smaller than Georgia, land-wise, but has a larger population. Temperatures in Maine vs. Georgia differ by about 20 degrees.

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor

Morgan County Primary School second graders took to Skype Wednesday, Sept. 18 to speak with residents of Maine about the state, and to see a live lobster.

The session was completed in conjuction with a book the students are reading, “Fudge-a-Maina,” by Judy Blume, in which the Hatcher family takes a summer vacation to Maine. The students are learning about the state while reading the book, primary school Principal Dr. Betsy Short shared in an e-mail.

Short’s friend, Paula Williamson, is a resident of Camden, Maine, and she agreed to have a question-and-answer session with students via Skype. Williamson also involved her friend, Lisa Ettinger, in the discussion. The women work with a restaurant to set up the session overlooking the Camden harbor, and the restaurant even participated, showing students a live lobster, what Short called “the highlight of the sharing time.”

Students also got to see a U.S. Coast Guard boat in the harbor, and a touring boat dock.

Students learned that Maine between 8 and 12 inches of show at a time; that Georgia and Maine share the same state insect, the honeybee; that Maine’s state cat is the appropriately named Maine Coon; that the state is smaller than Georgia but has a greater population; and that it’s cooler in Maine by about 20 degrees, Short shared.

Near the end of the session, a woman walking along the dock asked to be a pen pal with the second graders because her granddaughter is also in second grade, Short said.

“The students came up with their own questions and did a wonderful job asking and listening,” Short wrote. “This was a great experience for all involved.”

For more photos of the event, click here.