Meet Tuckamore --:
Hi there, I am Tuckamore the Topsail moose. I am over here in Ireland for a short vacation. I was sent to Ireland by the pupils of Topsail Elementary School, in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. They are linked with Edmund Rice Primary School, Tramore through the Stellar Ireland School project, which links schools in Newfoundland with schools in the Waterford area in Ireland. Up to few weeks ago I was sitting on a shelf in a store in Newfoundland, minding my own business, when the next thing I knew I was whisked off, without as much as by your leave and sitting in front of the Third Grade class, belonging to Mrs. Madonna Shea. I was told I was on my way to Ireland. Where? I asked. Ireland, the emerald isle, you know, where most of our ancestors came from I was told by the children. Okay, okay, I guess it beats sitting round on a shelf in Giffords Wholesale Store, anyway I said. "I've heard it is a cool place, okaY I'll go".
When I arrive in Ireland, I will be visiting the homes of the pupils from third class in Edmund Rice Primary School, Tramore. After each visit I will write a report, with the help of one of the pupils, about all the things I do and see while I am with them. I will keep a diary and post the report on the school website, so my friends back in Newfoundland will be able read all about my adventures over here in Ireland. While I was in the class in Topsail, I met Tommy, the Tramore Teddy, who told me a similar story to my own. He is over here in Newfoundland on a short holiday, as well and he is also keeping a diary. It is his first time to cross the Atlantic and after a shaky start is settling down well with his new friends here in Newfoundland. He has seen so many new things since he came over here. He has seen huge icebergs floating past the harbour in St. Johns and has even gone whale spotting. He told me that the boys in Tramore are lovely and that I will have a wonderful time, skateboarding, surfing, and playing this new game called hurling.
So I raced home, grabbed my passport, packed a few things into a suitcase and
headed back to the school. I gave my Mom a big goodbye hug and told her I would be in
touch by email, as I was off on an adventure of a lifetime to Ireland. I asked her
How many mooses do you know get a chance to go to Ireland? She
didnt know of any. So I told her I was taking this chance with my two hands, sorry
paws, and going for it. By the time I got back to the school, all was in order and I was
packed into a lovely strong cardboard box, lined with soft cushion and and settled
down to what I hoped would be a pleasant journey across the Atlantic. Packed in with me
were some information leaflets, badges, and maps about the Conception Bay area.