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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future
This year (2023), we were invited by Meg Languages, our Spanish program, to be part of their Student Global Ambassadors Program, where we work with other people around the country and world and try to make a difference on a problem we are worried about.
We are worried about endangered animals. Habitat loss, pollution, artificial creations made by humans, like homes, are taking up space. Forests are being down. There is poaching of endangered animals for their products or as trophies. For example, elephants are killed for ivory. Some animals are killed for their organs to use in medicines. People throw litter on the ground, and waste in the water. Animals eat the garbage and get sick and even die.
Sometimes it seems like people do not care. But maybe they do not know. We want to inform people and get them to change their behavior. We will urge them to support organizations that are working to protect endangered animals. We have picked several animals and for each we have picked an organization that helps that species.
We have presented to our school community and we plan to share our project with our local media. We also are using social media to promote our campaign. Below is a slideshow of progress of our project in late March 2023.
Spectrum School has chosen Summerfield Zoo as our local animal organization that we’d like to support, and is the organization tied to a number of the endangered animals below.
We have been working with a iWorker graphic artist in Argentina, Jahel Prieto, to help bring these visuals to life. Thank you Jahel for your support in transforming student art into beautiful animal logos! You can see our drawings and her graphics on the slideshow and posters. They are really cute and we are calling them digital stuffies!
Watch and listen as students from our Intermediate Elementary class give you a project update on their student ambassador project, Empathy for Endangered Animals.
Spectrum School’s Global Ambassadors are developing an international campaign to ignite our project, Empathy for Endangered Animals (EfEA).
Emily Hopkins – Koala/Summerfield Zoo
Jackie Bonavia – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
John Bonavia – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
Jude Bonavia – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
Jo Anne Bonavia – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
Cheryl Boeke – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
Maribeth Peterson – Arctic Wolf/National Wildlife Federation
The Vavra Family – Arctic Fox/Summerfield Zoo
Gary Knappenberger – Macaroni Penguin/Shedd Aquarium
Jennifer Lungstrom – Sea Turtle/Shedd Aquarium
The Cunat Family – Arctic Fox & Tiger/Summerfield Zoo
Sue Puetz – Koala, Tiger, & Spider Monkey/Wildlife Rescue & Summerfield Zoo
Jeanne & Dan Noe – Arctic Fox/Summerfield Zoo
April Noe – Pink River Dolphin/Shedd Aquarium
Nick & Carol Carbone – Spider Monkey & Tiger/Wildlife Rescue & Summerfield Zoo