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April 17, 2009

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Abby Chauntel

Dear Mr.Dean,
How are you? We have been geting rain/hail the last few days. We are sure you have been having fun in the hot weather. Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Do the kids there have school in the summer? We don't!! If you know her we got Mrs.Banks next year for school. We are going to fourth grade next year. Um......these are the people we know that are in our class next year. Aaron,Morgan,Henry,Abby,Taylor,Dainielle,Tian,Jason,Olivia, Adam,Ben. Thats all we know.Um.......sorry we are having ishuse of thinking what to say. Well thats it. Thanks for taking your time to read our letter.

Cheers,
Abby and Chauntel

Dean Jacobs

Hi Emma,
Give yourself permission to dream, that is the first step. And know that dreams are allowed to change over time as you grow and change.
Have a great summer,
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Kaitlyn,
It’s nice to hear from you! I was glad to see you all that day at Highland too. I am looking forward to visiting Highland in person this fall. When I get back from Africa in a few weeks I plan to spend some time in Nebraska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. I’m not sure where my next long journey will be but I’m thinking of exploring the Amazon River in South America. Where in the world would you like to go traveling?
Cheers,
Dean

Emma Mccune

Dear Mr. Dean
I do not now what my dreams are yet but I'm sure I will have one come soon!!!!!!!!!!
I love what you are doing!!!!!!!!
write you back soon!!!!!!!!!


Love,Emma Mccune from the big CO.

kaitlyn narum

dear dean,
where are you going next around the world I really want to know.So do you have idea where your going next?I'm glade we got to see you at highland for a couple minutes.Hope you have a good time where ever you go next.

sincerly,
katie narum

Dean Jacobs

Hi Anand, Kelly and Shane,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. I am happy to know you are learning so much! One of the fun parts of being the President of Rwanda is you get to name the baby gorillas. Since gorillas are so important to the country of Rwanda they wanted a really important person to name them. Good question about the gorillas finding each other, no one knows what would happen, but the chances are very slim, the places where the gorillas live are separated by villages and farms.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean


Dean Jacobs

Hi Henry, Tyler, Chauntel and Abigail,
Thank you for the post on my blog. I am happy to know you are learning so much.
The time difference between Rwanda and Colorado is eight hours, so when it’s 12 pm in Denver, it’s 8 pm here!
Titus is famous because the Nature TV program did a documentary movie about him.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Morgan, Emma and Abby,
Thank you for the post on my blog. I had a dream to travel and explore the world, what are your dreams? I am happy to know you are learning so much about mountain gorillas. I have learned a lot too during the seven months I have been here. I look forward to sharing my stories with the students at Highland. Do you want to travel one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Aaron, Emily, Jake, and Olivia,
Thank you for the post on my blog, I am happy to know you are learning so much!
Yes, I will show you photos of the gorillas with the Frisbees, it was a fun day.
I have been with Grauers, or what used to be called eastern lowland gorillas only one time. I have gotten very close to a gorilla, but I try very hard to keep my distance when I am with them so I don’t accidentally give them a sickness.
I will show you a photo of what it looks like when I am with the orphan gorillas.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Aaron, Emily, Jake, and Olivia,
Thank you for the post on my blog, I am happy to know you are learning so much!
Yes, I will show you photos of the gorillas with the Frisbees, it was a fun day.
I have been with Grauers, or what used to be called eastern lowland gorillas only one time. I have gotten very close to a gorilla, but I try very hard to keep my distance when I am with them so I don’t accidentally give them a sickness.
I will show you a photo of what it looks like when I am with the orphan gorillas.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Mrs.Browns class

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
We are Aaron, Emily, Jake, and Olivia. We looked at the bullet hole in the window and the Lowland Gorillas. Also we looked at the soldiers.We never thought the equator would look like that.We learned lots of things that we would like to share with you. Our group learned that their are 300 in Rwanda. We read a few news paper articals about you.We also learned that each mountain gorilla will consume 40 to 50 pounds of organic matrirals. we all liked the bullet in the glass. Our group thought t hat the story was interesting also all liked the story of how the two gorillas were going to charge at you and they stopped when they saw you and they were so close that you could lean over and the gorillas. We have some questions to ask you. Will you show us the pictures of the gorillas and children with the toys? We're wondering if you spend a lot of time with the lowland gorillas? Do you spend money to play with the gorillas? Have any of the gorillas hit you in the head with the frizzbies? It's been nice writing to you!
Love,
your friends from Mrs.Brown's class

Mrs.Brown

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are students from Mrs.Brown's 3rd grade class.We looked at the baby gorillas. I learned that people will spend $500 for one hour with the gorillas.The gorillas eat 40 to 50 pounds of organic matirials.I liked the picture of the bullet in the window. I had absoutely no idea what it was! I also liked the pictures of the gorillas. They were so cute! I have some questions for you. Why does the president get to name all of the baby gorillas? I think that you guys should get to name some, too. Why did people change Lowland gorilla's names to Gouars gorillas? I think that Lowland gorilla's names tell us more about where they live. You are doing great with the website!
Your friends,
Abby, Adam, and Kihvi

Abby J. Emma,Morgan

Dear Mr. Dean,


I'd like to introduce our group to you.Our names are Abby. Emma and Morgan. I really liked the story about the front page Did you ever have a dream? It really inspired me to follow my our dreams. I learned that there is 300 Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. People speand 500 dollers just to see the gorillas.I really enjoy your website the way you set it up.You are teaching me and my friend a lot of interesting facts about the mountain gorillas .I love what you have done
for us. Cheers,

Morgan,Emma,Abby

Mrs Browns 3rd grade class

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are 3rd graders at Highland in Mrs.Brown's class our names are Tyler,Henry,Chauntel,and Abigail. I liked the pictures of the mountains gorillas and the children playing at the school. The baby gorillas so cute in the pictures. I learned a lot on your website. I am so glad you made your website. I learned a lot from your pictures for example the gorillas, the soldiers and tons of other things.I liked all the cool pictures on the website.You're a good photographer.I'm also very glad you put captions under the pictures. I learned a lot. What is the time difference in Rwanda.By the way why is Titus so famous . Thank you for reading our letter. Your friends, Henry,Tyler,Chauntel,and Abigail.

Mrs.Brown

Dear Mr.Dean,
I'd like to introduce our group,Anand,Kelly,and Shane.We are in Mrs.brown's 3rd grade class.
We looked at the pictures about the gorillas and of us.I have learned that baby gorillas have to depend on there mothers when there little.We enjoyed the army pictures. It's cool how you can expereints this so closely. Why does the president of Rwanda get to name the babies.What happens if the lowland and the mountain gorillas find each other? How will you remove them? We enjoyed writing you. Sincerely,

Anand,Kelly,and Shane

Dean Jacobs

Hi Kaitlyn,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. I think gorillas are really cool too! Making new friends is one of the best rewards of traveling. I hope to come to Highland next fall.
It is a good dream to wish to see gorillas in the wild.
Cheers,
Dean

kaitlyn narum

Dear dean,
I really want to see a wild gorill because they are so cool. I also want to travel around the world like you. And see different people and make new friends.when are you coming to Highland next year.I'll be in forth grade next year.Will I hope you are doing fine where ever you are.see you next year (maybe) have a great time.

your friend at highland,
kaitlyn narum

Dean Jacobs

Hi Jereme, Gunnar, Sophie and Lindsay,
Thank you for the post on my blog and the kind words. I got to spend four hours with Titus, pretty cool huh? And as far as the other gorillas, I haven’t counted yet, but many hours for sure. I don’t know Titus’s mother, I think she may be dead as Titus himself is getting up in age for gorillas. A silver back gorilla can get up to 400 lbs! Pretty big guy huh?
I’ve seen many gorillas and love them all, each has its own personality which makes them all special!
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Elizabeth, Tian and Lillie,
Thank you for the post on my blog and kind words. It’s one of the fun parts of being the President of Rwanda in that you get to name the gorillas. Actually the President does have a little help. He is given a list of three names created by the trackers and other people who spend a lot of time with and observing the gorillas, he then chooses one of those names. The gorillas are generally protective of the baby gorillas, so sometimes it’s hard to get a photo of them.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Elizabeth, Tian, Lillie

Dear Mr. Dean,

We are from Mrs. Yabrove's 3rd grade class. We really enjoyed your website that we looked at. We learned that the president of Rwanda names all the baby gorillas. Why does the president of Rwanda get to name all the baby gorillas? Your website is very interesting when we read it. Does the other gorilla let you go near the baby gorillas? Your website is very awesome to read.

Your friends,
Elizabeth, Tian, and Lillie

Jereme, Gunnar, Sophie, Lindsay

Dear Mr. Dean,
We really like your website. We are students from Highland Elementary. We read about the silverback Titus. We looked at the Dian Fossey website. Our group read an article about Titus and it was really interesting. How much did you see Titus and the other gorillas? Do you know Titus' mother Flossie? How big do silverbacks get each year? How many gorillas do you know? Thanks for teaching us about gorillas.
Your friends,
Jereme, Gunnar, Sophie, and Lindsay

Dean Jacobs

Hi Darian,
Thanks for the letter you helped Stephen, Kaitlyn, and Jacob write! I saw your name after I had already posted the reply.
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Stephen, Kaitlyn and Jacob,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. I am glad to know you enjoyed the photos and are learning some cool information.
I really enjoyed seeing Titus, my mom really likes Titus, so I was able to get a special photo for her. I’ll probably give it to her for her birthday. I don’t know what day Titus was born, but will try to find out. The record keeping today is better than it was back then.
Sometimes the mothers leave their babies with others, but not until they are older. Yes, Rwanda has approximately 300 mountain gorillas, maybe a little less, but close to that. By the way, silverback is the name given to the male adult gorilla, in all species of gorillas. I’m happy to have you along for the journey. Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Sarah, Caitlin, Jackson and Mark,
Thank you for the entry on my blog. Thank you for the kind words, they are appreciated. Highland helped raise some money so those students don’t have to use crumpled paper to do their homework, thank you for that help!
The end of the fund raising project is may 11th, after which my brother will be wiring me the money from America. What I’m trying to say is we haven’t bought the notebooks and pens yet. When I do and when I deliver them, I will make a post on my blog so you can see!
Yes, the adults might cover more than one baby, but generally they look after only their own in these situations. When the rains come, it can get very loud at school, because they have metal roofs. It can get so loud that you can barley hear people speak! It is cool what I do, and you know what, if you want to, one day you will be able to do it too! You already are doing some of it by following me on my journey and by helping the Bisate school!
Do you want to explore Africa one day?
Cheers,
Dean


Dean Jacobs

Hi Danielle, Angela and Erica,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. That's cool you want to see gorillas in the wild, I hope one day you will get your chance to do so. You asked good questions. It depends on the age of the baby. For the first few months the baby clings to the mother and never leaves her side. As the infant get older, I think around 1-2 years old, it starts to leave the side of its mother and venture off, generally not so far, sometimes to be watched over by other members of the group, which could include other mothers, blackbacks (young males) or silverbacks. I am not sure how Titus’s father and brother died, but I think it was probably by poachers, because at that point in time things were very unstable here. I would guess it’s one of the fun jobs of being the President of Rwanda, you get to choose the names of the gorillas. If I ever meet the Rwanda President, I will ask him your question. It’s great you are learning so much about gorillas. One day I hope to hear about your trip to Africa!

Cheers, Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Keleigh, Jason and Roxanne,

Thank you for the blog entry and all the good questions. The President is given a list of three names created by the trackers and other people who spend a lot of time with and observing the gorillas, he then chooses one of those names. I am happy you are enjoying the blog and stories and hope you are having fun while learning some cool things. Gorillas have different personalities, just like you and I. Some might like it while another might not like if you tried to touch it. One time in the forest a gorilla came up and touched me, it was amazing. I live in a house in Africa that belongs to the Karioske Research Center and share it with other people who work for the organization. If you look at one of the first blog entries I made last November, you will find photos of the house. Do you want to explore Africa one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Keleigh,Jason,Roxanne

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
Hello,we are students from Highland Elementary. When we were reading your article about the Karisoke Research Center, Ms.Tharp told us that the president names the gorillas. What does the president of Rwanda name the gorillas?
We really liked the pictures of the cute gorillas. Thanks to your descriptive writing we feel like we're right there with you. If you pet a gorilla would it hurt you?
Do you have a house in Africa? What does it look like? We have been exited about our amazing adventures!

Your friends,
Keleigh,Jason,Roxanne

Danielle,Angela,Erica

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are students from Mrs.Yabrove's third grade class.We learned about you when you took a picture of Shinda. We also learned that the mountain gorillas are endangered. We all think that we would like to see a mountain gorilla in the wild instead of at the zoo.
Does the mother mountain gorilla leave her baby with other mothers or does the mother mountain gorilla leave her baby with a silver back? We read the article about Titus. How did the brother and the father die? Why does the president choose the names of all the new born babies?
We looked at the Diane Fossey website and learned a lot.
Thank you for teaching us so much about the mountain gorillas.

Your friends,
Danielle, Angela,Erica


Caitlin, Jackson,Sarah & Mark

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

This is four of Mrs.Yabrove's third grade students! We looked at one of you your favorite websites called the Dian Fossey gorilla fund.All of the pictures are really cool!I learned that the kids in the school use crumpled up pieces of paper.
I've known about some of the gorillas, but never knew about Titus. I really like all the pictures you take of the gorillas! I can't believe how close you get to the gorillas! What do the kids' pencils look like? Also, when it rains do the adult gorillas cover more than one baby? And also when it rains in the school, does it sound loud?
What you do is very cool! I wish I could do it too!


Your friends,

Sarah,Caitlin,Jackson & Mark

Stephen,Kaitlyn,Darian and Jacob

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
We're students from Mrs.Yabrove's third grade class. We looked at the Mountain Gorillas.The mountain gorillas looked
so cool! It was cool that you live by a cool waterfall.
We learned that the president of Rwanda names all the baby gorillas.We liked looking at pictures of mountain gorillas.
Was it cool seeing Titus and other gorillas? What day in August was Titus born? Do the mothers ever leave
their babies with other moms? Was there actually 300 mountain gorillas in Rwanda?
Thank you for teaching us about mountain and silver back gorillas.
Your friends,

Stephen,Kaitlyn,Darian and Jacob

Dean Jacobs

Hello Mrs. Brown’s 3rd grade class!
Thank you for the post on my blog. Your help with the Bisate project is really appreciated. It’s pretty cool that you are helping kids on the other side of the world. Yes, I will take some photos of the Bisate students when they receive the materials you sent.
It is a pleasure to have you along on this amazing adventure, thank you for the kind words.
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Olivia,
Thank you for the post on my blog. Cool that you are in the picture, I am happy to hear you liked it.
It’s both warm and cold in Africa, it all depends on where in Africa you are, it’s a big place, you can fit 5 United Sates into it, (without Alaska).
The gorillas in the movie are about the gorillas here, and they filmed some of it here, so they are the same!
Do you want to see them one day in the wild?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Connor,
Thanks for helping your mom demonstrate the web site, it is sincerely appreciated. Also, thanks for the kind words. We now have $2,500 for the kids at Bisate school, pretty cool, huh?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Abby and Chauntel,
Thanks for the post on my blog. The gorillas are doing well and I am sure they would want me to send their greetings!
Do you want to see them in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Kaylin,
Thanks for the post on my blog and for helping the Bisate school. Glad you enjoyed the photo!
Highland is a great school!
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Abby,
Thanks for the post on my blog. The gorillas are doing well. I did hear about some new orphan gorillas that were rescued from poachers and hope to learn more about that soon.
Gorillas are really cool animals. Do you want to see them in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Abby

Hey dean,
how are the gorllas? Gorrillas are my favorite animals

From,
Abby

kaylin

Dear dean,
Hey its me kaylin!!! and you know that picture of mrs browns class im in it im the 6th one on the top you no the one with the lickersh well have fun with the gorillas love yh!!

love your friend kaylin Z.

Abby and Chauntel

Dear Dean,
How are the gorillas doing? You know the picture you posted on your blog? Were in it!! Abby is the 4th person on the botom row. Chauntel is the 6th person (including the teacher).

Love,
Abby and Chauntel

Dean Jacobs

Dear Dean,
This is Connor. I'm here at technology conference presenting about you and the gorilla class. People are really impressed with what you are doing in Africa with the website. They think the blogging is cool. We also heard that you are helping the kids at the school in Musange get paper and pencils. Thats really generous.
your friend,
Connor

Olivia

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
In the picture of the class that you posted with all of the toys and stuff, I am in that picture because I am in that class. Not including the teacher, I'm the fourth one on the top row starting at the right. Is it cold or warm at Africa? Right now it's snowing so hard! Tomorrow I want a snow day so we don't have to go to school. Do the gorillas there relate to the gorillas in Gorillas in the Mist?Well, it's time for me to go.
Love,
Olivia

Mrs. Brown

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
We are so happy that you are helping the kids and the animals in Africa. We are glad to be a part of your project for the Bisate school. We enjoy watching your progress on the blog. It's cool we get to see the gorillas on your website. The way you designed your website makes us feel like we are exploring the rain forest with you. Can you keep on taking pictures of gorillas and posting them on your blog? We would also like to see pictures of the children at the Bisate school when they are playing with the toys we sent. We also REALLY want to see the gorillas playing with the Frisbees! Thanks for teaching us about different parts of the world.

Your friends at Highland,
Mrs. Brown's 3rd grade class

P.S. You rock! You make us feel special!

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