Australia is in the grips of a brush fire crisis and Fayetteville Elementary School third-graders are doing what they can to help the country’s injured, orphaned and homeless animals.
During the month of January, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District students raised more than $400 for Taronga Conservation Society, which as part of its Australian Wildlife Appeal is providing emergency care to animals affected by the continent’s brush fire crisis.
Students discussed the current event in school during a science unit about animal habitats and the impacts catastrophic events can have on them, F-M teacher Julie Guidone said.
“Students were concerned about the devastation in Australia and were eager to help the animals,” Mrs. Guidone said.
Students spent nearly a month engaging in their own fundraising efforts outside of school hours.
“The project was empowering for them,” Mrs. Guidone said. “It was a great way for third-graders to get involved with the global community and help make a difference.”