Saint Paul School 3rd Graders (Richardson, TX)
The third graders of Saint Paul the Apostle School in Richardson, Texas organized, petitioned and implemented a bake sale to benefit savethewhales.org. This was a student lead process that stemmed from a story the students read in class that discussed keeping our oceans, beaches and ocean animals clean and healthy. The students raised an impressive $301 during their two- day bake sale!
Save The Whales is very impressed. That’s a lot of baking, and we are grateful for your contribution and caring. We love your signs too.
Submitted by Erin and Eileen
The Sugarman Family, California
Thank you Jake for giving your Shared Savings to help the whales. We appreciate your generosity.
My name is Raj Titus and I live in Martinsville, Virginia. I go to Carlisle School. This year I turned 7 years old. My mom asked me if I wanted to do a good deed for my 7th birthday year. I thought about it and I decided to do a good deed by raising money to save the endangered Whales. On your website, I learnt that the Vaquita is critically endangered. This made me sad and I wanted to raise money to adopt one. I made bookmarks with the help of my mom. We used paper and plastic grocery bags to make them and drew and cut out a whale picture to stick on them. I wanted to give people the message that they can save endangered Whales by reducing pollution in the world. One way to reduce pollution is to remember to reuse and recycle our grocery bags. On each bookmark, I wrote the message: “Save the Whales! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and the name of my friend or teacher who bought the bookmark. I raised $25 to adopt the Vaquita. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Jones helped me collect money for my Whale and Vaquita adoption project. She also went up on stage with me and I spoke to our lower school about how I was trying to help save the endangered species of Whales and the Vaquita.
On my birthday party day, I gifted each friend with a reusable cloth grocery bag that was decorated to help reduce pollution and save the whales. My dad printed out copies of the fliers on this website that I gave to my friends to teach them about reducing pollution and how we could all save the Whales.
My sister Ria (who is two and a half years old) and I love to sing the songs on your website. We sing it for all our friends who come to our house to help them save the Whales too. Finally, I also hope that people stop eating whale and porpoise meat and give them a chance to live. My mom says life is a journey and we never know what will happen next. We might just be born as Whales someday and we really need to be kind to them. I also want to thank all my teachers and friends that helped me with this project. Thank you for letting me share my story with you! Hope you have a Whale-tastic day!
Thank you Raj for all your efforts to Save The Whales!
Submitted by Raj’s mother, Gayatri Titus
On Memorial Day this year, Save The Whales received amazing news from a teacher at the American International School in Vienna, Austria. The 340 elementary school students, ages 4-11, raised 3,500 Euros (approximately $4,560) for Save The Whales from an Earth Day fun run. Students found sponsors for each lap they ran, and they ran over 7000 laps combined. They were very dedicated to saving the whales and protecting wildlife in Europe. They said they would like to see their contribution used where it is most needed. Of primary interest to them is the seriously endangered vaquita and Save The Whales' school outreach programs.
We first found out about the vaquitas on the Internet. So for our fifth grade project at the Western Academy of Beijing we decided to raise money for the vaquitas because there are so few of them. To raise money we held three bake sales. Two of them were at our school and one of them was in our neighborhood. We raised a total of 5000 RMB ($800 USD). We hope our donation will help keep the vaquitas from becoming extinct!
Submitted by the father of one of the students, Donald Durfee
12 year-old Bridget had a few friends over for a birthday celebration. She suggested that instead of gifts, each of the three guests bring donations for Save The Whales and Bridget added birthday money she received. Thank you for your generous spirit and your $40 gift to Save The Whales!
From Anne, Bridget’s Mother
Brody has had a real love and interest in whales for the last several years. For his 6th birthday, he asked his friends to donate money to Save The Whales instead of giving him presents. He raised the remarkable sum of $175. His mother said, “We hope our little bit can help.” Many thanks to Brody.
Submitted by Brody’s Mom
The 4th grade class at Lincoln School in Evansville, Indiana, got the idea to have a lemonade stand for the last two days of the school year in order to raise funds for Save The Whales. The students had read stories about whales, created Power Point presentations, explored the internet, watched videos and learned a great deal about whales. They planned their fundraiser and advertised! Their teamwork paid off, and they were pleased to contribute $230 to Save The Whales. They are proud to be a part of a community that cares about all living creatures on this Earth. Save The Whales is grateful for their compassion and contribution.
Submitted by their teacher: Mary Jane Montgomery
Rio, age 7, decided that he wanted zero gifts for his 7th birthday party and instead requested donations for Save The Whales. He made posters and covered a shoebox in whale photos in which to receive collections. At the end of the day, he had raised $280. Thank you to Rio for the generous amount you raised; we are Save The Whales are very impressed. The funds will be used for educational school presentations.
Ava turned 7 in January. She asked that she not receive gifts, but have donations sent to Save The Whales. Ava designed her own beautiful whale cake and raised $385 to help the whales. She is an example of how one person can make a difference. Ava's contribution will be used to help fund our education and outreach programs to school children. Thank you Ava!
See photos of Ava and the whale-designed cake.
Jill Feldman (Ava’s mother), New York
Isabella Torelli, age 10, lives in New York State. Her mother tells us that Isabella spent several days selling lemonade to save the whales and dolphins. She made a lemonade stand with a huge sign that all money raised from selling lemonade would be donated to Save The Whales. She is aware that many animals are killed each year to feed the people of the world, but she objects to the way whales and dolphins are killed and feels that it is very cruel. She also feels that no animal should be killed to the brink of extinction just to give people some exotic food on their plate. Isabella made posters and friendship bracelets to raise $100.
Thank you, Isabella for caring and raising $100!
Josephine Torelli, Isabella’s Mother
Their mother reported that her daughters, Mallory and Darby, raised $51 for Save The Whales by selling lemonade. It was all their idea. Save The Whales thanks them for their thoughtfulness and imagination. How they got the idea in their words:
My sister was reading a book about endangered blue whales and read about people killing blue whales. At the end it told us that there were donations to help whales including Save The Whales. I thought that we should raise money for them. So on Saturday, we had a lemonade sale. We earned $12.00. On Sunday, we sold brownies and lemonade. We earned $13.50. Our total was $25.50. Our parents thought of doubling our money and that is how we got $51.00.
Sent by their mother - Cary Lane
Escuela Internacional La Lima in La Lima, Honduras recently had a "Shoe Box Sale" to help certain foundations. The pre-k, kinder, and 3rd grade classes voted to support Save the Whales, and raised lempira in the amount of $180, as follows:
Thanks to the wonderful students who are pictured here.
For his ninth birthday, David in California will be donating $60 to Save The Whales. David is a passionate and dedicated whale lover, animal lover and earth-environment friend. Moved to do something to “Help The Whales,” he whipped together a sign Help Save Whales and stood at the end of his driveway all afternoon and into the evening holding it up for passing pedestrians and cars.
His proud mother: Anne Palmer Peterson
8-year-old Everett saw a TV show about saving whales. He was so moved that he recruited his 5-year-old sister, Shaylen and their 7-year-old friend, Cierra to "do something before the whales become extinct." Together they decided to collect $ to help the "whale savers."
With tremendous excitement, they drew pictures to decorate boxes and went to neighbors’ houses to collect donations. Their motivation even took them to their own piggy banks, where they took out $ from their savings to add to the cause and raised $24.50.
Children in photo L-R: Everett, Cierra, and Shaylen
Kris Costello, Everett & Shaylen’s mother, Florida
Seven-year-old Nikita Patel talked to her family about what type of birthday she wanted. Her family had spoken to her many times about finding something that she would like to support. After viewing the Free Willy movies, Nikita loved whales for many years. She has watched all of the movies including Free Willy 4, but her favorite remains Free Willy 2, where the whales get caught in an oil spill. After seeing the films, Nikita expressed a desire to learn more about whales.
From Nikita’s Mother
Teagan Kief, at age 3 one of our youngest contributors ever, made a donation of $10.00. We hope you never lose your passion for the animals and environment.
Daniel Ramkumar of Champaign, IL asked for donations for his 10th birthday and raised an impressive $100. Thank you Daniel for your generosity. His mother said that it gives their family a great sense of joy to know that they make a difference.
Mollie is 8 years old and in Grade 3. After seeing whales being harmed on TV, she sent us a $7 donation. Thank you for your concern and thoughtful contribution, Mollie.
Ella raised $5 and wants it to be used to save beluga whales. She sent us a note stating that she raised the funds and her mother said that it was her own idea. Thank you, Ella, for your help in saving belugas.
Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Two girls, Caroline, age 10, and Paige, age 8, raised money in the sum of $37 by selling crafts that they made. The young women sold their designs to neighbors. Their favorite animals are whales and “they want to help them live.” The girls asked for brochures to help them raise more funds. Thank you for your good works.
Caroline and Paige, Tucson AZ
Valhalla Middle School in Valhalla, NY, raised $76 to protect the whale’s habitat. Students in the 7th and 8th grade of the Environmental Club raised these funds at their last bake sale. Congratulations and thank you to all the members for their hard work.
Reported by Nori Lustig, Environmental Club Advisor
The OB Whaley Elementary School in East San Jose, CA has a group of students involved with Project Cornerstone. They decided that they wanted to get involved with Save The Whales and saved pennies throughout the year. When their fundraising was concluded, they had $513 to contribute. Thank you Whaley students for contributing to our educational programs.
Reported by their teacher, Michelle Balistreri
We are even more impressed with their generosity because the school is Title I, which means that students are extremely low income. Maris Sidenstecker I - Save The Whales
For her seventh birthday in April, Georgia Colegrave's mother reports that her daughter raised £167 ($240 U.S.). She requested donations to Save The Whales from her friends in lieu of birthday presents. Georgia lives in London, and her generous contribution will support educational programs.. Thank you for your caring and generous gift to Save The Whales.
Fiona Colegrave - Mother, London, England
A proud mother wrote of her son’s efforts to save endangered whales at his school. Ethan is in Grade 2 and 8 years old. His passion for marine
life began at the age of 2. His school project – to promote awareness
and challenge the students - led Ethan to make a poster showing five
endangered whales. Suggestions were included on how a person can change
our environment to help the whales, such as recycling. He also gave a
10-minute presentation addressing the causes and concerns for the
Tanya Hobson, Ethan’s mother, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Ten-year old Ellie of Indiana began collecting money after she saw an Imax film on whales. She decorated a box to “save the beluga whale,” and carried it with her to school and various other places. Her parents are very proud of her for wanting to make a difference. Ellie’s efforts raised $32, and Save The Whales thanks you for your innovative idea.
Traci Lane, mother
The proud parents of 7-year-old Billy Wilkerson of Pennsylvania report that he donated his 35¢ snack money to Save The Whales for a total donation of $14.44. Save The Whales thanks the selfless and thoughtful Billy.
Billy’s Parents, Pennsylvania
Rita Feder from New York City raised an inspiring $114 on her eighth birthday. Thank you Rita for generously donating to Save The Whales in lieu of receiving gifts.
Rita Feder, New York
Elisa raised a notable $170 on her 12th birthday by requesting donations instead of gifts. Thank you for your meaningful contribution to helping marine life.
Karen Winslow-McGovern (Elisa's mother), New Jersey
For her 14th birthday, Elisa raised a very impressive $1,500 in lieu of gifts.
Thank you, Elisa, for your selfless and outstanding gift which will be used for educational programs.
Karen Winslow-McGovern (mother of Elisa)
Katrina Cooley asked for donations in lieu of gifts for her 11th birthday and raised an impressive $165. Thank you for your selfless effort on behalf of whales and other marine mammals.
Suzanne McCormick (Katrina's mother), Virginia
The Key Club of North Bergen, N.J. donated $50 and we are most appreciative that they selected Save The Whales as the recipient of their contribution. The funds will raise awareness among children re the plight of marine mammals.
Key Club High Tech High School
My friends and I (3rd grade students) did a lemonade stand to raise money to save the whales. We raised $41.91. We wanted to donate to save the whales for different reasons. One reason is that we know the whales are going extinct. We hope the whales will be safe and sound anywhere. We really liked doing this because it proved that anyone can make a difference.
Leela, Michaela & Tina, The Lemonade Stand Girls, New York
Four year old Mason Isaac of Illinois raised $717 for Save The Whales at his "Let's Make A Difference" birthday party. Every year Mason chooses a different organization to support in lieu of birthday gifts. His mother decorated their home with cut-out whales to add to the theme. Many thanks to Mason and his family for their compassion and generosity. Mason is an inspiration to others for his efforts to help the whales. The contribution will fund education and outreach programs to schools.
Mason Isaac, Illinois
The Colston's Girls' School in Bristol U.K. raised £16 which was donated to Save The Whales. We will use the funds for our educational programs and thank “The Girls of C.T.”, as they wish to be designated, very much.
Ian Malbec, age 11, of Vermont raised $95 in donations at his birthday party for Save The Whales. We are impressed with his generous actions on behalf of the whales. You are an example of how each person can make a difference.
Ian Malbec, Vermont
The Plymouth High School Homecoming Committee celebrated their 2007-2008 homecoming with an “Under the Sea” theme. The committee chose Save The Whales to receive their $150 donation. Thank you for helping our educational outreach programs with your generosity.
Plymouth Wisconsin High School Homecoming Committee
Seven-year-old Sami Schepers of Waukee, IA, held a bake sale and raised $25 which she contributed to Save The Whales. Her mother Melanie states that Sami is very caring and interested in marine biology, and she understands that we have an obligation to help. Thank you, Sami, for your care and contribution.
Sami Schepers, Waukee, Iowa
Santa Catalina School, Monterey, California, raised $568 in the middle school, with special participation by the seventh grade class. Each year, the middle school sponsors one dance and chooses a worthy cause for the proceeds. The donations were received as the entry fee for the dance and the funds raised were given to Save The Whales “to help in the good work that your organization is doing.” Thank you Santa Catalina School.
Santa Catalina School, Monterey, California
Alex Verron of Connecticut has had a fundraiser for Save The Whales four years in a row. This year he raised an impressive $1,469.00 by holding a donation party where he auctioned and raffled Save The Whales’ products. The funds Alex raised will be used for our school education and outreach program, Whales On Wheels WOW™. Many thanks for your dedicated support, Alex.
Alex Verron, Connecticut
The Frankford Plains United Methodist Church in Augusta, N.J., held its yearly vacation Bible School in August. The theme was "Underwater Bible Adventures," and their mission project was Save The Whales The children were told that they “are called to be good stewards of what God has created for us.“ In addition to collecting $300 for Save The Whales, the children learned many facts concerning efforts to save the whales. Thank you, children for helping save the whales.
Frankford Plains United Methodist Church, Augusta, New Jersey
The Brownie Troop of Cathy Cropley in Mars Hill, ME watched the film “Free Willy" and decided they wanted to help the whales. They collected loose change from couches and other places and raised $76.07. By holding this year-long project, the girls learned that even small change can make a difference. Thank you Troop 636 for your contribution.
Brownie Troop 636 of Cathy Cropley
For her 10th birthday, Lucy asked for donations instead of gifts and raised an impressive $92. We appreciate her enthusiasm and thank her for her selfless fundraiser.
Lucy raised another $30 at her 11th birthday party for Save The Whales! Her donation will help fund education and outreach programs to schoolchildren about whales. Thank-you Lucy for making your contribution. The inspirational Lucy also had a successful fundraiser at her previous birthday.
At Lucy's school, they asked each fifth grade student to respond to the following for the yearbook: I'm going to change the world by..., and Lucy's response was, "I'm going change the world by Saving the Whales."
Lucy Kneissler, Arlington, Massachusetts
Instead of getting presents for his 9th birthday, Alex Workman asked his friends to bring donations for Save The Whales. He raised $300 with his effort and Alex reports, “he felt really good about it.” His interest in whales began when he did a project about the blue whale in school. He learned that they reproduce only once every two years and that we need to be careful to keep them healthy. He thanks us for helping save the whales for “all of us,” and we thank Alex for his generosity.
Alex Workman, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA held a fundraiser called “Penny Wars.” Each class tried to fill an empty water jug with pennies, as other classes were putting in bills and different coins. The class with the most pennies (after the bills and other coins were subtracted) won.
Thank you to the young women of Notre Dame High School for their fun and fundraising idea!
Theresa Vallez-Kelly, Belmont, California
Lauren Smyth of Kingwood, TX reports that she raised $250 through her charity event. The show was “phenomenal,” and Lauren said there was a point where the 100-strong crowd was chanting “Save The Whales” to an erratic drumbeat. Thanks Lauren for your great effort.
Lauren Smyth, Kingwood, Texas
Eliza of London, England raised £103.00 for Save The Whales by holding a cake sale. We are grateful for Eliza’s achievement and appreciate her efforts from "across the pond."
This fundraiser comes from the Isle of Wight in England where Courtney Durand and her friend, Wendy, raised funds. They did a sponsored winter day swim as part of a school project and raised $36.47. Thank you Courtney and friends for swimming for Save The Whales and your contribution.
Courtney Durand & Wendy
Laura, age 12, raised $14.03 with a lemonade stand. She also made petitions for Harp Seal Pups, Amazon River Dolphin, and Save the Seals and collected signatures. The petitions also contained a drawing of each animal.
The Children’s Religious Education Department chose to contribute $125.00 to Save The Whales. Every year, the children vote on an organization to whom they donate half of the chapel offering. This year Save The Whales was selected.
Countryside Church, Palatine, Illinois
We are grade 4 students and our school had a small business unit. We want to give you our money. We made $40.14 and we hope you use it good. In our small business unit, we sold rice krispie squares and it was a big success!
Macard, 4th Grade Darwin School
P.S. Save The Whales and Keep on doing a great job!
A couple of young Save The Whales’ members wanted to become involved with the organization and help the environment. Victoria and Veronica Arms of Williamsburg, VA had an idea for a fundraiser to assist and raise awareness for sea life. They planned a small event at their elementary school. What happened though was that an astounding $4,000 was raised in one week, when 78 students sold pizza and cookie dough.
The girls joined Save The Whales last year at the suggestion of their parents. In a recent interview in her home city, Veronica said, “I want to be the police, ...the litter police,” she clarified. Her big sister Victoria said that being a “mad scientist” would work for her. Their mother, Pam Arms, said, “They love sea life and are just little activists.”
From reading Save The Whales’ literature, the girls found out a lot about whales, and also learned about the dangers facing marine life such as balloons which whales, dolphins, turtles and other sea animals can easily ingest. Victoria said, “They are dying because we are polluting.”
Mother Pam thought that joining an organization geared toward children would be a fun way to bolster her daughters’ love for the environment. She then found out that Maris Sidenstecker founded the organization when she was 14 years old, with the help of her mother.
Initially the fundraiser was going to take place in the girls’ classrooms, but the faculty become interested and it went schoolwide. Then the community stepped in to help and Great Wolf Lodge and Wal-Mart donated prizes to the top fundraisers.
Throughout May, the students read and learned about whales, they held a clean-up day and learned about recycling and the environment. The whirlwind fundraiser ended with an assembly where students sang songs, discussed conservation and environmental responsibility and prizes were awarded. Principal David Gaston of the James River School said, “This was definitely beyond anything we had initially planned on accomplishing.”
Victoria and Veronica are looking forward to next year when they want to do the fundraiser again. So many people came up to them and said they wanted to be involved next year that their mother wonders if the entire school district will become involved. Until then the girls plan to send money to a sea turtle hospital in Florida.
When they aren’t fundraising, the girls swim for the Sharks swim team and are totally devoted karate kids.
The Arms Family of Williamsburg, Virginia, followed up last year’s fundraiser with a significant $2,400 raised for Save The Whales. Daughters Veronica and Victoria were assisted by their parents, Pamela and Richard, in selling cookie dough at the girls’ school. They all worked very hard to achieve this year’s successful endeavor.
Thank you to our “East Coast Pals” for the passion and support your family brings to Save The Whales.
Arms Family, Williamsburg, Virginia
To whom it may concern:
I am sending this letter and check to you on behalf of my 4 year old son, Jon Michael Stroh who had a special “Save the Whales” birthday party that raised money to help save the dear animals he’s grown to love so much.
His special birthday was full of all whale species – killer whales, sperm whales, humpbacks and more! He’s a real marine enthusiast; he prefers to call himself an “animal scientist.” In addition to loving animals, he’s also quite an artist. So, we decided that he would “auction” off 10 of his art pieces at the party to raise money for your organization. His 10 pieces brought in a grand total of $46! He was so proud! Enclosed is the check (he couldn’t understand why we shouldn’t send the cash!)
We all appreciate your organization’s efforts to save the beautiful whales of the world. Keep up the good work!
Jenny Adkins-Stroh, Wisconsin
Dear Save The Whales,
Hello! I just wanted to give you a quick note on how this money was raised. My 9 year old daughter Rachael was in the process of finishing her 3rd quarter theme for the year in her 3rd grade class which was about oceans and ocean life. Her teacher, Lynn Lorton, asked each child to choose an endangered or threatened marine animal and to think of ways to raise awareness of the general public of their plight. Children responded by making posters, placing ads in newspapers and holding raffles to raise money.
Rachael chose to serve two groups – her classmates and the sperm whale. Her class does not eat lunch until almost 1:00 pm each day as they are on the last lunch rotation. Their teacher allows them to bring in a snack to eat at their tables during novel (reading) time at 10 am to stave off the “hungries.” Many days students forget to bring a snack, so they either share or go hungry until lunch. Rachael made several little snack bags of whale cheese crackers and iced down a cooler of bottled water from which she had taken off the original labels and replaced with custom-made labels of a picture of a sperm whale with your web address on it. She sold each for 50 cents each morning before the bell rang. She did this for two weeks before spring break as they were finishing their theme projects.
At the end of two weeks, she had raised $32 for the sperm whale! She was thrilled to have helped and when we went to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico over spring break, we were excited to be able to see a humpback whale before it had begun its migration north for the summer. Rachael loves whales and she has learned the whale song from your website and has enrolled the music teacher at her school into teaching it to the children to sing on May 6th again this year.
Amy L. Schinbeckler, Indiana
My name is Elaine Abbenhaus. I am in 4th grade at Cherry Tree Elementary School (in Indiana). We had a project on endangered animals and I chose the Blue Whale. I want to help save this amazing animal. Part of my project was a raffle with the money going to Save The Whales. I am happy to send you this check for $127.42.
Dear Save The Whales,
For my 12th birthday I invited some friends to go whale watching with me to celebrate! Instead of presents, I asked them to give donations to you. With their donations, and me putting in some too, I raised a grand total of 157 dollars! Every week when I get my allowance ($5), I split it into 3 categories: “Fun money” that goes into my wallet, “savings” that goes into my savings account, and “donations” which I pick an organization to send it to when the envelope is filled up.
I have sent money to you before, but I think (and am happy to say) that this is the largest amount I have sent to you so far! I know that you are a great organization on a mission to save the whales (like your name states!) I hope that my donation will help the future of all whales! Thank you!
Liliana Muscarella, California
Dear Save The Whales,
I am twelve years old and have always been interested in marine life. My fascination started when I was seven years old when I went on a trip with my family to Mexico. While I was there I got the chance to swim with dolphins. It was so much fun! In Alaska, my family and I were lucky enough to go whale watching. Swimming with the dolphins and whale watching confirmed my love for marine biology and whales.
I wanted to do something about helping marine life so I looked on the internet and found your organization. My bat-mitzvah was coming up in about a year and one of the customs is to perform some type of good deed. I decided my good deed, or mitzvah, would be to raise money for Save The Whales. I collected cans and bottles in my neighborhood for one year and have raised $360. It is my pleasure to enclose a check for $360 payable to Save The Whales.
I hope you will use this money for the benefit of whales everywhere.
For the the second year in a row Ellie has raised funds for Save The Whales by recycling. This year she raised $215 through her efforts!