The Merrifields Garden Club has sponsored a butterfly project at Churchland Elementary for several years. The club purchased a butterfly habitat and supplies new caterpillars each season as the project travels to different classrooms. This year, Mrs. Eassa's second-grade class hosted the habitat and the children daily observed the progression from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Students wrote a few sentences about their observations when the butterflies arrived. "The caterpillar has made a chrysalis, and when it hatches it will be a beautiful butterfly," 7-year-old Destini Jones wrote. Garden club members led the class in releasing the butterflies on the grounds of the school Oct. 4. Three of the butterflies immediately flew away, but the last one remained on the teacher's hand until Mrs. Eassa finally sat it on a nearby bush. When the children returned to class, the butterfly was still sunningitself on a flower. The gardenclub also bought the book "From Chrysalis to Butterfly" for the school library.Shirley Buchanan lived in the same house for 17 years, but her mailing address changed four times during that period. The Buchanan home at 312 Dogwood Drive in Siesta Gardens was originally part of old Norfolk County. When the new city of Chesapeake was formed in 1963, the family received mailed marked Chesapeake. Retired senior judge William Hodges, who served in Virginia's House of Delegates during that time, says that was likely due to a shared post office now in Chesapeake. He says it took a while for leaders to sort out business and politi-cal aspects. "It was a challenging time," he said. Portsmouth annexed Churchland in 1968, and the Buchanans began to list Portsmouth as their city. A while later, the city changed all the house numbers on that street, and the Buchanan address was changed from 312 Dogwood Drive to 3312 Dogwood Drive. Shirley now lives in Western Branch, but remembers well the upheaval the annexation caused the area's children. Kids who'd attended school together for years were rezoned for different schools. The changes affected teacher schedules, curriculum choices and sports teams. Shirley, who was a teacher, eventually transferred from Wilson High to Churchland High, where she remained until she retired.
Club Brings the Butterflies
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