LHS Environmental Club Distributes $1,500 in Donations

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Two years of fundraising by the Lindbergh High School Environmental Club has yielded amazing results that will benefit six organizations from three continents! The club recently presented those organization with donations totaling $1,500 on Feb. 14.

Two of the organizations – The Nature Conservancy and the World Bird Sanctuary – sent representatives to the school to receive the donations.

“Two years of selling water bottles and pizza have generated more than $1,000 that our students will give back to support people, wildlife and the environment in three continents!” said Steve Tomey, club sponsor. “They have researched authentic causes that are offering real help, globally and locally.”

Donation Recipients Include:

  1. Uganda/Tanzania: Drop in the Bucket ($300): Supporting efforts to build wells in Africa for clean drinking water. Each well costs $2,000. This organization was the original inspiration for the club selling water bottles for over a year to raise the funds.
  2. Tanzania/Kenya: Heiffer International ($200): Supporting village families in rural areas to become food independent with flocks of chickens to provide long-term protein and income. These funds will purchase three flocks of chickens.
  3. Missouri: World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis ($200): Supporting the efforts of this special place to visit Owls, Condors, and more. LHS sophomore Shayne Sifford was voted the WBS junior volunteer of the year in 2013.
  4. Missouri: The Nature Conservancy ($200): Supporting efforts to protect the Ozark bioregion in our home state. LHS students travel to the Ozarks during all seasons to hike, explore, canoe, and see its biodiversity. These funds will support protection of streams and prairies.
  5. Belize: The Belize Zoo ($200): Supporting the Rural School program that brings rural grade school students to the zoo to teach them about their tropical wildlife treasures and dispel myths. These funds will pay for two school field trips.
  6. Belize: Manatee Conservation ($400): Supporting manatee research in Belize, focusing on care for the two to three orphan manatees that arrive each year. While we hope none arrive for 2014, the next incoming manatee calf will have immediate special food available. The next manatee calf will be named “Lindbergh” for its donor – LHS!
Melissa Walthart, philanthropy coordinator for The Nature Conservancy (right), accepts a $200 donation from the Lindbergh High School Environmental Club on Feb. 14.

Melissa Walthart, philanthropy coordinator for The Nature Conservancy (right), accepts a $200 donation from the Lindbergh High School Environmental Club on Feb. 14.

Michael Zeloski from the World Bird Sanctuary (second from left) accepts a $200 donation from the Lindbergh High School Environmental Club on Feb. 14. LHS sophomore Shayne Sifford (left) was voted the WBS junior volunteer of the year in 2013.

Michael Zeloski from the World Bird Sanctuary (second from left) accepts a $200 donation from the Lindbergh High School Environmental Club on Feb. 14. LHS sophomore Shayne Sifford (left) was voted the WBS junior volunteer of the year in 2013.


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