American Burying Beetle Plaque
During 2014-2015, the third graders determined that the State of Rhode Island did not have a state insect. They identified that the American Burying Beetle used to range across the East Coast but today it is endangered with the principal colony dwelling on Block Island. Throughout that school year, the third graders researched the beetles, spoke to scientists and eventually proposed to the State Senate that this particular beetle becoming the state insect. In the summer of 2015, the American Burying Beetle became the official state insect of Rhode Island due to the hard work of the third graders.