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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
5th grade authors!
Andatu reading the book about him!
The books have gotten press in numerous publications:
Check out Scholastic Magazine:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beast Relief even reached Indonesia, where the keeper for baby Sumatran rhino Andatu wore our shirt.
Helpful Rhino Links
Helping Polar Bears
Polar Bear Links
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.