The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the fifth grade of the 2019-20 school year at Mount Madonna School with the President’s Environmental Youth Award for solving threats facing great white sharks.
“It’s humbling and inspiring to see the impact these educators and students have on their communities and our planet,” White House Council Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory said in a prepared press release.
The students, now seventh graders, were honored by the EPA in August for their yearlong education campaign, “SOS: Save Our Sharks – A Fintastic Tale.” This is the fourth time a fifth grade of Mount Madonna School has received this honor.
“I can’t tell you how special it is to me that the hard work of these students is being honored nationally,” teacher Jessica Cambell said in a prepared press release. “They are passionate about great white sharks and make a difference. My students constantly inspire me as they find their voice to create positive change in the world.”
Students worked with several conservation groups to gain support for a Florida law banning the sale and trade of shark fins; create educational materials to share with other students; and to encourage local restaurants to reduce single-use plastics by offering compostable alternatives.
Kids go camping
Bay Federal Credit Union has partnered with Jacob’s Heart to send 60 families of children with cancer to a joyful weekend of camp at the end of August.
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services exists to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and support their families through the challenges they face. Jacob’s Heart is organizing a fundraiser for a camp with a $30,000 goal throughout August, according to a Bay Federal report.
Those in the community can help send Jacob’s Heart children to camp by visiting one of the Bay Federal branches to make a donation through Saturday or by visiting give.jacobsheart .org.
Bay Federal Credit Union offices in Santa Cruz County include Aptos, Captiola, Freedom, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville.
Samantha Boyle honored
Samantha Boyle. of Scotts Valley, was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Academic all-conference team at Emerson College in Boston.
Boyle studies marketing communications and is a member of the Emerson College Class of 2021.
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