Marlborough St Mary’s Year 5 Otter class have raised a staggering £1450 to support two projects in the South American rainforests. The projects are run by the Rainforest Trust. One involves saving a site that is habitat to the last remaining red throated tanagers in the world and the second project is to save the Choco Forest in Equador where there is just 2% of the original forest left.
Year 5 teacher, Beckie Ambrosini, explained, “Having learnt about the wide ranging issues involved in climate change including an in-depth study of the grave issues facing the Amazon rainforest, the class set about making a change for the better. The children are passionate about saving the red throated tanagers from extinction and desperate to prevent the last remaining forest, Choco Forest, from being felled. Its future is perilous because it is currently owned by two logging companies. It is home to a range of critically endangered animals including the great green macaw.”
The children ran a number of fundraising activities including: guess the time taken to solve the Rubik cube by the Otter Rubik cube champion, a sale of books, toys and games and a sponsored walk where the Otter children walked solidly for four hours.
As well as supporting flora and fauna overseas, Otter class were also determined to make a difference nearer to home and embarked on an ambitious project to build a large wildlife pond. Despite the site being on a slope and the land being filled with flint and compacted chalk rock, the children never gave up.
“They learnt about the value of teamwork and discovered new skills. The work was really hard going, but never once did a single child want to give up,” commented Beckie Ambrosini. “We are very grateful to Our Eco World Ltd. who helped dig the deeper parts of the pond for free, with specialist equipment to cut through the rock. It’s been a really difficult year for all the children because of Covid but the Otters have been determined to make a difference no matter what they were up against. We are all immensely proud of them for taking their learning into the real world and making such an amazing difference to the planet.”