Endangered Species Day

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  - The Lorax

Gribbin School students kicked off their participation in the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s Adopt an Animal program with an Endangered Species Day assembly on May 15.

The program was brought to the school thanks to teacher Jessica Cialeo, who believed that learning about and adopting animals that are threatened or endangered would be a perfect way for students to demonstrate compassion and caring.

As part of their participation, students in each grade level adopted an animal and will follow its progression through the Riverhead Foundation. Kindergartners adopted Spiderman the Seal, while first- and second-grade students adopted Storm the Sea Turtle and Seabreeze the Dolphin, respectively. Additionally, students will donate their spare change for three weeks to help care for the animals, using decorated recycled gelato containers that they created for the collection. 
 
At the conclusion of the first week, students had already raised more than $600, which far exceeded their targeted amount.