Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 11/6/2010 9:00:00 AM
NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire. After the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20 and triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history, 11-year old Olivia Boulercame up with a novel idea to help birds affected in the Gulf Coast. An artistically gifted sixth-grader from Islip, N.Y., Olivia began creating original watercolor illustrations and made a commitment to create up to 500 drawings to raise funds and awareness for wildlife affected by the disaster. Her concept was simple: make a donation to Audubon, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife in their habitats, and she would send an original watercolor illustration to thank the donor for supporting her cause. AOL, a leading-edge web services company, has signed on to help promote Olivia’s cause by distributing a limited edition print to anyone who donates to her fundraiser. Her campaign and Facebook page, “Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Bird Illustrations,” have been supported by nearly 30,000 people across the country and raised more than $180,000 for various organizations that provide wildlife disaster relief.
Barrett second graders learned about Olivia’s project, the Gulf oil spill, cleaning oil off pelican feathers, and relocating endangered sea turtle nests during one of their Discovery Lab visits in October. Olivia was selected as one of Disney Friends for Change and we enjoyed listening to a song by the Disney Friends for Change. To learn more about the topics discussed in this lesson, please visit the links posted in the previous Project Discovery blog posting.