We feel inspired and lucky to have such interested and active youth here in Florida– Tatiana Tipton, a 5th grade student at MacFarlane Park IB Elementary, called Dr. Knight in May, 2013 about an exhibition project she was preparing to present. The theme of the exhibition was "Systems: How the World Works." Tatiana told Dr. Knight that she has always been interested in ecology, so she and her two group members selected "Ecosystems" as their theme. The three female students researched and worked on the plan for most of the school year.
From left, students Tatiana Tipton, Varsha Katoju and Karishma Chapalamdugu
"Part of our requirements is to to have an action plan. Part of my personal plan included going to an event at Wekeva Springs where I met people from many different groups that are active in trying to save our springs. This helped with my research and also in deciding on other actions to take. After all of the research was complete, I prepared a power point presentation which we used to teach classes in our school. Last Friday, we had our final presentation with a board that I prepared, the power point, and an aquifer model made by one of my partners.
I learned about you and your organization through my research and wanted to do something to raise money to help you in your efforts. So, I decided that we would paint little miniature paintings of Florida's wildlife (some of it endangered or threatened), to sell at the evening presentation for student families. The principal at our school told us we could sell them for $5.00 each. Our exhibit was quite a success. We sold many of our paintings and took orders for additional ones. Within 1 1/2 hours we made $145!"
Belcher Elementary students brainstormed with the Florida Springs Institute in March of 2013 to come up with ways to rally for our shared water resources.
We decided that one possible action for the students was to begin a photo campaign. The 4th and 5th graders created aquifer awareness posters and took pictures with them as a way to share their hopes & concerns with the world. They wanted to be sure that the public knows that the next generation is aware of environmental problems and is interested in working towards solutions. Click here to see the write-up on the brainstorm session.
Keep up the good work students!