Number of Participants: 24
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $2,028
Event Amount Raised: $225
Event Type: Animal Welfare
Date: January 31, 2020
Students in Mr. Claudio’s fourth grade class at Cutchogue East Elementary School in the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District are opening their hearts to help endangered animals around the world.
Working together using their creative skills, the students organized a successful fundraiser to adopt an orphaned elephant as part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. Whenever a call is received about an abandoned infant elephant, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will use all resources available to rescue the elephant and bring them to the safety of their nursery.
Students transformed recycled milk jugs into collection jars that resembled elephants and raised more than $225 to help rescue the elephants. After the students adopt their elephant, they will use their technology skills to read regular updates online on the elephant’s progress through Keepers’ Diaries. They will also receive photos and a rescue map showing where their adopted elephant was rescued.
The students plan to speak with several other classes at Cutchogue East Elementary School to share their experiences and to inspire them to adopt their own rescue elephant.
Photo caption: Fourth grade students at Cutchogue East Elementary School used a fundraiser to adopt an abandoned infant elephant rescued in Africa.
Photo courtesy of Mattituck-Cutchogue School District