The Amphibian Ark thanks you all!
Amadeus - a conservation hero!Amadeus lives in the South of Germany, and is he an amphibian conservation hero. Several months ago Amadeus wrote to us saying that he wanted to donate his pocket money (a considerable sum) to help amphibians.
Amadeus: “At the age of three I started my interests in amphibians when I watched the metamorphosis of a green frog in our garden pond. I was so fascinated that I wanted to know more about these animals”. Now fourteen years old, Amadeus has a small breeding program in his parents' garden for yellow bellied toads. He reports that the program runs very well. Amadeus has seen all but two of the twenty species found in South Germany in the wild.
Amadeus is concerned about the future of amphibians: “Amphibians play an important part in the ecosystem and they are good indicators of an intact ecosystem”, said Amadeus. He’s concerned because in his opinion most nature conservation organizations only care about large mammals and birds. Amadeus is a member of LARS, an organization that works to protect amphibians and reptiles, and LBV (Bavarian Society for the Protection of Birds), another conservation organization. He helps educate his classmates, some of whom are afraid of amphibians, by taking newts or tadpoles to school when he has to do a presentation.The Amphibian Ark salutes Amadeus as a young amphibian conservation hero. He helps us believe that there’s a brighter future for amphibians in the years ahead.
Kait makes rubber band bracelets to help AArkKait from Tremont Elementary School has donated $21 to the AArk after making rubber band bracelets and selling them - thanks Kait!
Sam donates his birthday money again!
Downtown Aquarium collects $800 for AArk
Chicago Herpetological Society donates some of the proceeds from ReptileFest
Sam donates $74 from his birthday fundraiser
Ebay sales help AArkHope all is going well. Please, please keep doing what you're doing and save the little guys. I think this is my third donation now and I'll keeping giving what I can when I can. This money was raised from clearing out my room and selling stuff on eBay. Tom from England
Robert's birthday party raises $90 to help AArk projects!
Tremont Elementary School does it again!The second grade students at Tremont Elementary School in Upper Arlington, OH, just sent us a check for another $895! This money was raised from a recent read-a-thon and craft fair and this gift brings their total donation for the year to $1,596. This is the third year that the second grade students have been raising funds to support amphibian conservation, and the total they have raised since 2008 is a HUGE $4,691! The children are very excited about their efforts, and rightly so! The parents are very supportive, and of course all of this is made possible by the on-going support from the second grade teachers at the school, Mrs Gordon and Mrs. Carlson. This is a massive effort on behalf of all of those people involved with the fundraising activities, and we thank you all.
Addison from New Hampshire sells clay amphibians for the AArk
Second graders raise over $2,700!During 2008, second-grade students from Tremont Elementary School in Upper Arlington, Ohio donated $817.50 which they raised by holding a frog book read-a-thon. Earlier this year, Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. Carlson's classes planned a bake sale at the school, and parents made dozens and dozens of frog cookies and cupcakes to sell. The two classes raised $340 more to donate to Amphibian Ark. In their next project, Art teachers helped them draw a design for a tote bag, and they sold 100 bags, raising $403 for the Amphibian Ark. The second graders raised the money for their most recent donation by holding a read-a-thon, and they have plans to hold a craft fair to raise even more money. The Tremont Elementary students have also created a GGFF (Go Green For Frogs) page online. The Amphibian Ark truly appreciates the amazing efforts of the Tremont Elementary School students and teachers.
Birthday gifts for Amphibian ArkMy name is Sky and I am twelve years old. For the past five years I substituted presents for donations to wildlife conservation organizations. Every year I choose a different organization. This year I chose Amphibian Ark. I love reptiles and amphibians. When I went to the Amphibian Ark website and saw the great work you are doing I decided that I had to donate to this organization. I wrote in all of my birthday invitations that instead of presents i wanted to receive money, to donate to your organization. I ended up with a total of $200. Your organization is doing many great things such as how you are fighting to stop the spread of the disease chytridiomycosis, so it is a pleasure to see this money go to such worthwhile projects. I like Amphibian Ark so much that I may very well donate to it again , in the future. Sincerely yours, Sky
Kids can make a differenceDear Scientists of Amphibian Ark, Here is our donation to your project. We are an after school project made up of kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. The director of our program read about your project in National Geographic and suggested we use the last 5 Weeks before school ended here in Austin, Texas to raise money to donate. We agreed. We sold snow cones; we sold pop corn. We canvassed and solicited donations among friends and neighbors. (Many people were impressed with our knowledge of the critical situation!) One first grader made money the old fashioned way; she earned it... at her "Save the Frogs" Lemonade Stand! Yesterday we wrapped up our Five for Frogs! Project with a presentation in our clubhouse about the animals of our earth's rainforests. Fellow Austinite Michael Hicks, the Zoo Man, who comes to our Child Craft Clubhouse regularly, is himself an amphibian expert and zoo curator. We turned over our pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and paper money to our director today; she wrote a check to send to you. Good luck with your work for the frogs in the name of our planet! The kids @ Child Craft
Kids can make a differenceCoram Elementary School in the Longwood School District in Long Island, NY went "Green" this year to educate the students about the way they can help protect the Earth. As part of a school wide curriculum project, the students from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade read and wrote stories, poems and letters about the Earth and created projects illustrating what they have learned. Hallways were decorated and parents were invited to a class celebration. In Mrs. Oldenborg's 4th grade class, the students got an opportunity to combine their study of frogs and toads with their desire to help the environment. Students read a poem that discussed how many species of amphibians are in danger of going extinct due to human's effect on the environment. The students decided they wanted to help. They collected cans and bottles and recycled the to raise money. In addition they participated in National Leap-a-Thon Day on May 19th. Students asked for donations from family and friends and "leaped" to help endangered frogs. The money raised will be donated to Amphibian Ark, a non-profit organization that is running a global campaign to raise awareness about these important animals. They deemed 2008 the "Year of the Frog" and are working to save 5 frog species from going extinct. Combined, the students were able to raise a total of $150! Mrs. Oldenborg is very proud of her students' hard work and generosity. Children are our future and they must be the ones to make a difference.
Ceramic frogs raise funds
Dear Amphibian Ark,Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $55 as a donation from our middle school to your wonderful organization! I am the art teacher at Williston Middle School, and every year my sixth grade students create ceramic frogs as an assignment. At the end of last year the sixth graders not only created their assigned frog, but they also made a small "extra" frog to sell as a fundraiser for Amphibian Ark. With the end of many school years being as hectic as they are, we are finally able to send our raised money! Those wonderful students who created the frogs are now seventh-graders - ready to finish this school year! Thanks for your hard work on the part of these wonderful creatures! Lisa
Year of the Frog science project
his letter requesting donations. Joseph hopes that you are able to help a lot of frogs with this!! Thanks for all your dedication and hard work! Mary