Justin and Ted, third-graders at Devon Elementary School in Devon, Pennsylvania, are taking action in the name of Florida’s charismatic sea cows. They have organized a fundraising project at their elementary school to benefit endangered manatees.
While visiting Sanibel Sea School in November, Justin learned about manatees while observing them in the wild. In February, he and his friend Ted came up with the idea to raise money to benefit these vulnerable marine mammals, and after a pitch to the school principal and a little more research, they have been given the green light!
They will announce the fundraiser to their elementary school over the public address system on May 16th and will collect donations through May 27th. The donations they collect will go to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund to help fund research and conservation efforts in Florida.
We are so proud that a Sanibel Sea School student is taking action in their community, and we have agreed to match their donation up to $200.
You can show Justin and Ted your support by sending a donation, or just a note of encouragement to the address below. Make all checks payable to “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,” and in the Note field: “Save the Manatee Trust Fund.” You can also make an online donation. Help Justin and Ted reach their ambitious goal of $500, and make a donation before May 27th!
All donations will go directly to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund, but possibly more important is just making this project a positive experience for two third graders from Pennsylvania so that they have the confidence to take on similar endeavors in the future.
Mail to: The Manatee Project, C/O Devon Elementary School, 400 Fairfield Road, Devon, PA 19333
To learn more about how the money will be used, read the Fund’s 2009-2010 Annual Report.