The African Crane Conservation Programme is very proud of the students at the Athlone Park Primary School and Kim Walters surrounding this fantastic initiative. Kim Walters describes below how the initiative unfolded.
What a fantastic Blue Crane collection we have had! Quite a bit of time has passed since my initial communication with you, but we have been so busy with other Eco-projects that I just haven’t had a moment to ‘wrap this one up’ in an email to you! Anyway here we are.
Just a reminder of where this all started – we launched the campaign as part of our Biodiversity celebrations – we decided to link Int. Biodiversity Day (May) and Environment Day / Week (June) because had had such a disrupted few weeks of term with public holidays and whole-grade excursions all on top of each other.We presented a special assembly with birds from the different habitats coming to share their particular biodiversity /environment message with the children (we linked this with our Nature & Biodiv theme of course!). Then, as our action towards celebrating these enviro occasions we launched our Blue Crane Bottle Project, using it as a ‘school and community awareness initiative’.
Blue Crane Bottle Project – in the school
We ran the Bottle Project as a class competition with the focus on our National Bird in its endangered state. The competition was to see which class could fill the most 2L bottles with 5c pieces (Blue Crane appearing on the coin). We ran the competition from 1 June until the beginning of this term (18 July), so that the children could maximize their collection during the July hols.
Blue Crane Bottle Project – in the community
Each month we send out an Eco-Escapades newsletter to our parents (June/July and Aug/Sept editions attached for reference) which gives details about our campaigns and eco-activities. This is also placed on our website and many parents access it in their places of work. As a result, we have had such an overwhelming response to our campaign. In support of our project, parents have started their own jars and bottles on the Reception counters in their places of work, and have then sent them to school when they are full! So the campaign really has spread to a wider circle!
Blue Crane Bottle Project – awareness in the community
On Saturday 4 June, we had our school Fun Day. To broaden awareness, we made use of the opportunity and set up a Blue Crane table at the Fun Day for the mums and dads, grannies and grandpas, older brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, and visitors to the school to add their coins to the bottles. In preparation for this, we had contacted EWT based at Midmar who were able to give us posters and brochures that added to the success of our collection.The upshot of it all is that we collected 57 x 2L bottles, amounting to R4280,00.
Thank you again for the interest shown in our National bird.