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Empathy for Elephants at St. Bernadette

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Pictured left to right Molly McKeever, Matthew Vehkala and Kaiya Moore.

May 14, 2014 - The Grade 4 French Immersion students from St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School have completed a Knowledge Building Inquiry-based project in which they investigated and asked and answered questions about endangered African elephants. The students built on their knowledge base by visiting Science North, watching a National Geographic documentary and exploring various foundations established to help save the elephants. This inquiry inspired the students to work as a group to help save the African elephants. Some students created a pledge which their classmates and family members took to not use anything made from ivory, others created a petition asking their peers to join in the fight againstt poaching, while others decided to create poems and posters to help spread awareness. One group of students initiated a campaign to raise money to donate in order to adopt an elephant. Soon, this idea spread and the entire class became involved. They created a collection form and went about asking for donations from family and friends. The students were able to raise a total of $301.15! "Watching first hand how the students demonstrated such an intense compassion for these far away animals and how they came up with their own ideas to do their part to help them was amazing! I am very proud of the empathy and determination of the students." said teacher, Jenny Aubin.

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