Gribbin School students completed their participation in the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s Adopt an Animal program with a visit from the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary.

The program was brought to the school by the Gribbin Adopt an Animal Team to enhance students’ knowledge of wildlife conservation and preservation. During the visit, students learned about both local and global endangered species and what they can do to help the animals. They also viewed a wood turtle, box turtle and a screech owl up close and had an opportunity to ask questions about the animals and ask what the sanctuary does to care for and protect them.

At the end of the assembly, poster contest winners were announced from each grade level and were presented with a nonfiction book, stuffed animal and folder from the Riverhead Foundation. Each teacher also received a framed certificate of adoption to display in his or her classroom.

During the past three weeks, the students at Gribbin raised more than $877 to be donated to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. While the Adopt an Animal Project only lasted three weeks, the Gribbin staff hopes that information about these animals and the compassion and caring toward the environment will stay in the students’ hearts and minds for a lifetime.