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March 9, 2011

The Save the Whales Organization has provided valuable information to my fifth and sixth grade students for the past two years. Their use of hands-on activities and visual aids has made it possible for many of the students to recognize the pivotal role they play in the conservation and preservation of sea life. For example, a rural display was set up to demonstrate how pollution reaches the ocean. Students participated by adding various kinds of pollution to the scenery. Then they poured water over the pollution and watched as it washed down the drains and flowed to the bay. This reality caused many of them to express to their families the importance of being actively involved in environmental issues.

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my daily awareness of the products used at home and how they easily affect sea life.

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request ahead of time, to have students bring empty containers from home that represent the products they use. Then have them do some sort of quick write about the hazards this particular product might pose to the environment. This would bring in more student motivation and hopefully encourage more environmental responsibility.

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March 9, 2011

Save the Whales has been providing valuable information to my 5th Grade class for the past 2 years. The resource speaker came twice to provide very interesting & interactive presentations about ocean life & its preservation. This has been a valuable tool in making the children understand this area of science.

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presentations & field trips for my class

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding to it to benefit more children

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March 9, 2011

Save the whales has a wonderful education program, which comes into the classroom and teaches students. Teachers at our school are very thankful for the hands on lessons that this great group brings to school to support our teaching and to pass on ecologically friendly ideas.

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My students have gained knowledge and insight as a result of programs offered

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them come more often

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March 9, 2011

Our experience with Save the Whales has been fantastic. The participants of our Hope Services Community Membership and Media Program enjoy the work applying decals to the storm drains. The training provided by Save the Whales was fun and informative. The particiapnts all felt good about doing something to help their community and the environment. The coordination with Save the Whales was smooth and they provided us with all the support we needed.

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Witnessing the participants of our program grow in their self pride and feeling of empowerment from helping their community. I am grateful to Save the Whales for offering this opportunity to the people with disabilities we support in our programs.

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I don't see any changes I would make.

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March 9, 2011

This is a great non profit orginization that is doing amazing work to help protect critical habitat. Save the Whales is helping to inform communities of the benifits of the ocean and its inhabitants and providing ways that people that help. This is very important work!

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When I was putting down the drain markers many people came up to my group and said how much they liked what we were doing.

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March 9, 2011

Save the Whales, Inc. has been coming to our school site for almost 5 years now. Each year the children learn about the importance of maintaining our ocean habitable for marine life through hands-on activities and their visual presentation. The Save the Whales presenters come well-prepared with objects related to ocean life (krill, whale vertebra, posters, water activities, and a rope that is the size of a whale among some things). The classes are engaged in learning by listening to whale sounds, watching the whales, and viewing some artifacts that relate to the marine mammals. At the end, the kids are encouraged to do their part to help conserve our oceans by not littering and helping to reduce the use of plastic.

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I've seen kids respond to the Save the Whales presentation in positive ways by choosing not to litter. They have started recycling more and have shared information with their parents and families. We have playground clean-ups so the seagulls will not have any litter to eat when they fly around our school site.

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I would make sure Save the Whales was available to all age groups in a school site.

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March 9, 2011

Save the Whales is a fabulous asset to our community. They lead inspiring, engaging educational programs for school kids and for people of all ages. Their outreach presence enriches every event they are involved in. Maris is a community leader, who seeks creative ways to collaborate with other nonprofit marine groups. The group is responsive to community needs. The history of the organization is an inspiration in itself, with its grass roots beginning, that sends the message that one person and small groups of folks can make a big difference.

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My corporation participates in service projects led by Maris. Wonderful, empowering, team-building opportunities to make a difference in our local community.

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March 9, 2011

I work for a non-profit working in collaboration with Save the Whales. We support their mission by gluing decals to the sidewalks at storm drains. The decals remind the community that the storm drains flow directly to our ocean.
I greatly appreciate this non-profit because they are highly
involved with their community, focused on collaboration, dedicated to their mission and solutions to environmental issues and expand their message through the use of education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their community outreach projects/classes and their extensive presence in the community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding.

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March 9, 2011

Outstanding educational programs for children, and adults, educating the public aboutcreating public awareness about our incredibly diverese, and endangererd Monterey Bay

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Educational opportunities to a population of adults, shool children and persons with disabilities. Outstanding educational work. Also, field work in our county affixing decals, and (bringing agencies together) and providing community opportunities to persons with disabilities

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try to increase outreach efforts to educate the public more anout our vulnerable waterways and Monterery bay

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March 9, 2011

The volunteer educational programs offered by Save The Whales is significant, informing students and even teachers about the value of ocean bio-diversity and particularly the role of large mammal species, their habitats and needs.

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I learned to appreciate whales and dolphins after taking whale-watch boating trips

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them better financed so they could have a larger staff to promote their knowledge.

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