You never know where an idea might lead...
This year, Brogan, in our Grade 5 class, decided to write an informative speech about white tigers. In the course of his research, he learned some disturbing facts about the decline of tiger populations in general, over the past century, due to habitat destruction and poaching. He responded by writing a speech about the desperate plight of the tiger, and how people in Canada and elsewhere can help.
Our class was moved by Brogan's appeal, and nominated his speech to represent our class in the school's Junior speech competition, along with Ben's speech about racism and Lily's speech about ten ways to make the world a better place. A panel of judges selected Brogan's and Lily's speeches to represent our school at the area competition, in Brechin. Brogan and Lily proved to be excellent choices. Lily's speech received honourable mention, and Brogan's speech won second place in the Grade 4-6 category!
Our class was so inspired by Brogan's achievement that I adopted a tiger, through World Wildlife Fund Canada, in Brogan's honour. Then, Brogan's classmates voted, unanimously, to make our final fund raiser of the year in support of tiger conservation.
We wrote to World Wildlife Fund Canada, and told them the story of Brogan's speech and how it had inspired further action. They sent him a hand-written thank you post card and some beautiful tiger posters to display around the school. Then, Brogan wrote a piece for the school newsletter, explaining our fund raiser to parents, and the class created announcements and posters, and distributed flyers reminding students of the date.
Today is the big day! Staff and students brought toonies and their favourite hats to school. Brogan and Aiden went from class to class, collecting donations, and then they counted all the contributions.
We were pretty excited with the results!
Here, Ben and Brogan are writing an announcement, to share the results of "Toonies for Tigers" with the school:
Thank you, Brogan, for inspiring everyone at Rama Central P.S. with your passion for helping the tigers! Kids can make a difference!!!
These students in our class participated. Do you like our hats?
For more information: http://www.wwf.ca/conservation/species/tigers/
NOTE: For those outside Canada, "toonie" is a common nickname for Canada's two dollar coin! 🙂
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