The third grade class at Spencer Loomis Elementary in Illinois was inspired to make a difference for polar bears.

© Kathryn Flemming

6/10/2015 3:38:59 PM

{Wednesday Shout Out} 3rd Grade for Polar Bears

On (many) Wednesdays we like to give a shout out to people who are working for polar bears and mitigating their carbon output. This week, we send bear hugs to Kathryn Flemming and her 3rd grade class at Spencer Loomis Elementary in Illinois.

Flemming wrote, "Back in February my third grade class read a book called Waiting for Ice.  It was about the problems the polar bears are having due to global warming. They took an active and compassionate interest in the issue and for the past three months my twenty-five third graders have been working hard to make a difference. 

"They have read books and articles, followed the bears on your site and others, and created posters and presentations to inform our entire school about what is happening and what we can do. We then went into every classroom in the building and presented the information we learned about the polar bears. Our next step was a school-wide Change Challenge in which we simply asked the student population to bring in whatever change they could.

"Their last step was a Polar Bear Fundraiser. Students sold ice cream and lemonade in their neighborhoods and also made deals with parents in exchange for monetary donations. 

"I know many kids have made changes in their lifestyles based on our global warming research.

"I just wanted to let you know that my class will be making a donation of over $500 to Polar Bears International. I am so proud of them and their efforts and I know they will be a group of kids that will continue to make an impact."

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