Beast Relief

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Worried that rhinos and elephants will live on only in picture books?  Do your kids’ best friends have horns, hooves, fur or four legs?

The Beast Relief committee is taking concrete steps to help animals far and near, while teaching PS 107 children about the importance of conservation and the value of civic action on behalf of our beast buddies.

We are working to help rhinos threatened by poaching and polar bears at risk from global warming, and displaced local dogs and cats. Our activities have included animal-themed art, video and book projects; educational assemblies; fundraising and supply drives; and marches.

All are welcome, so please get involved by contacting co-chairs Katherine Eban, Grace Lerner or Tracy Tullis at

If you’d like to start your own Beast Relief efforts at your school, please see our Beast Relief Toolkit.

5th Grade Animal Books

Each year, the 5th graders at PS 107 write a book about a real endangered animal. We were lucky enough to have Dr. Jane Goodall write the forewords to both of our books, One Special Elephant and One Special Rhino.

one special orangutanOne Special Orangutan is the story of Budi, a young Orangutan living in Borneo, Indonesia.

elephantOne Special Elephant is the story of Penelope Petunia, a young forest elephant living in the Central African Republic.

rhinoOne Special Rhino tells the story of Andatu, a baby Sumatran rhino in Indonesia.

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Andatu reading the book about him! Andatu reading the book about him!

The books have gotten press in numerous publications:

New York Post: This Week’s Must-Read Books

National Geographic: Schoolkids Write Book to Help Save Rhinos.

National Geographic: Can an Elephant Called Penelope Petunia Save Her Own Kind?

School Library Journal: Brooklyn Fifth Graders Publish Books to Help Rhinos and Elephants.

NY Metro Parent: Brooklyn PS 107 Students Publish Book About a Special Rhinoceros Named Andatu.

The Brooklyn Paper: Kids Read to Dogs, Maximum Adorableness Ensues.

Check out Scholastic Magazine:
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Chelsea Clinton even mentioned One Special Rhino on her Facebook page! And wrote a letter to the Wildlife Conservation Society about PS 107’s efforts.

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Helping Rhinos

Cinco de Rhino

Each year, Beast Relief and the kids of PS 107 raise thousands of dollars for the International Rhino Foundation. The 4th annual event included a spare change drive, bake sale and lemonade stand which raised $2375. See letter of appreciation from Susie Ellis, the Executive Director of the IRF.

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rhino artWe began with an art project at Fall Festival that engaged the entire PS 107 community and now hangs in the school lobby.

rhinobank At Art Day, the children made rhino “piggy banks” to start saving spare change for our rhino fundraiser.

In the Spring, we unveiled a video, The Secret Lives of Rhinos, made by PS 107 parents and narrated by a 4th grader, to let children know how they can help rhinos.

heather and rhino In April 2013, the program director of the International Rhino Foundation gave an assembly to our kindergartners, first graders and second graders, teaching them all about Sumatran rhinos.

cinco de rhino In May, we held our annual Cinco de Rhino spare change drive and rhino raffle, to benefit the International Rhino Foundation. With matching funds, we raised $2,141.81! You can read about it here.

Andatu and Keepers PS107Beast Relief even reached Indonesia, where the keeper for baby Sumatran rhino Andatu wore our shirt.

Helpful Rhino Links
World Wildlife Rhino Page
The Secret Lives of Rhinos Video

Elephants, Too!

elephant march We even marched to the United Nations on behalf of elephants, as part of the International March for Elephants.

Helping Polar Bears

beast relief ballot Polar bears beat out orangutans, wolves and tigers at our Fall Festival voting booth to become our 2013-2014 Animal of the Year. The ballots became art in our lunch room.


frostpawpledge To help polar bears, PS 107 students are taking the Frostpaw Jr. Pledge to reduce their environmental impact and help keep the planet cool.

At Art Day, the children took the pledge with their own paw prints, which they also used to create unique polar bear ornaments (on recycled plates).

Polar Bear Links

Polar Bears International
Biological Diversity’s Polar Bear Page

Local Animals, Too!

After Hurricane Sandy, we raised $650 and gathered 12 bins of supplies for Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter coping with an influx of affected animals.

Reading to Dogs

For two years running, Beast Relief has teamed up with the Good Dog Foundation and Powerhouse on 8th Bookstore to have PS 107 kids read to specially-trained therapy dogs.  The four-legged learning buddies are a non-judgmental audience, and help kids boost their confidence and get excited about reading.

Huffington Post: Therapy Dogs Help Teach Elementary Students That Reading Isn’t Ruff

The Brooklyn Paper: Kids Read to Dogs, Maximum Adorableness Ensues.

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