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March 27, 2011

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March 27, 2011

I am a fourth grade teacher. Tom has worked with the students in my class for many years. He gives an organized, well presented program on watersheds and protecting the whales. He has a great way with children and they watch, participate and learn with enthusiasm. Tom is a great asset to the Return of the Natives Education program and the Save the Whales student presentation programs. I heartily endorse the program and strongly encourage the continued funding for these programs. In this time of dwindling funding for field trips or for any extra curricular education programs, programs like Save the Whales are truly invaluable.

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my school. My students have benefitted from the knowledge and expertise of Tom with his Save the Whale classes.

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offer more programs like these for all students. Our students need to learn to be stewards of the Earth, and these programs help them become willing participants.

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

Tom has presented at our school several times, and he always connects to the students. At the end of the year, the students consider his presentations one of the highlights of the year. He engages them in a way that helps them remember his information, and they become more aware of environmental issues and the fact that they can make a difference.

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the Salinas school system. Students who have limited experiences due to their socio-economic situtation gained alot from their exposure to Save the Whales.

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have them be able to provide their educational programs to more students in need.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I am a Teacher at Ohlone School. Tom came to do a presentation on marine animals. He presented to all the third graders at Ohlone. We are a TITLE 1 School and have many students with limited English skills. Tom presentations were educational and accessible to all students. He used hands on activities and visuals to reach all students. The students learned so much from his presentations that they started a Save the Earth Club at Ohlone.

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All third grade teachers were very happy with the presentations and the students gain so much knowledge. i hope to have him back next year.

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Have them do a small presentation to staff and administrators at our school.

March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

Save the Whales came to our elementary school for Family Science Night. They set up a great table display and talked to many, many parents and students. They are terrific.

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by attending the Science Night and watching them in action

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no changes I can think of right now.

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

As a science educator in a school habitat garden,
I have requested presentations from Save the Whales on numerous occasions. I facilitate volunteer dune habitat restoration around the Monterey Bay. Save the Whales watershed pollution lessons are excellent and include a great visual display
allowing students to do "hands-on (non-toxic) polluting" of their own watershed. The students still remember the presentation years later. Best of all, they get the connection between pollution of the watershed model and what they do at their own homes, at school and at the coast.


The whale and sea mammal presentations are excellent with many artifacts to see and feel. The student's eyes were opened regarding all the varieties of marine debris and how they could help prevent pollution.

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Save the Whale instructors, Maris Sidenstecker and Tom Kieckhefer, are highly qualified and totally dedicated to their subject. My students quickly caught their enthusiasm to "do the right thing" and help save our oceans and all life within. I frequently work with financially challenged schools and Save the Whales ALWAYS helps us bring their conservation message to the kids no matter how much we can donate for their presentations.

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Not change a thing in the organization, but would urge financial supporters to keep up the funding so that financially challenged and science deficient schools could continue to benefit from hands-on lessons by Save the Whales.

March 13, 2011

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March 13, 2011

The Monterey County Home Charter School invited Whales on Wheels to our school. About 40 students and families were very pleased with the presentation and hands-on opportunity to learn more about the world of whales. We recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about whales.

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This was the first time Whales on Wheels was at our school

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Allow more time for viewing the exhibit.

March 13, 2011

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March 13, 2011

Whales on Wheels has produced excellent programs for the Salinas Public Library's three branches for the last two years. Thomas R. Kieckhefer is a very experienced presenter who engages our patrons with time-tested programs that delight and educate. We are particularly pleased to offer an introduction to this world-class natural wonder of the Monterey Bay to many patrons who find transportation to the ocean difficult even though they live so close. The fact that much of the presentation invites participation makes it that much more exciting. It is like bringing the ocean world to their neighborhood. I hope we may be able to enjoy Whales on Wheels for many years to come.

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The consistently positive response of our patrons at six events over the last two years during our Summer Reading Programs.

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Provide them with more support to help extend the reach of their efforts.

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

I am a 6th grade teacher at Natividad School in Salinas, CA. We invited Save the Whales (Tom) to come and give a watershed demonstration to students in order to prepare them for an upcoming field trip. Throughout the course of the hands on demonstration students were fully engaged. The next day I took students on a tour of the school in which they would identify potential hazards. Students sketched pictures about what they saw. I know that Tom's presentation was truly effective based on the fact that students could readily identify potential pollution sources, the effects of those sources, and potential solutions to the problem.

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the classroom setting.

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recommend that they continue supporting elementary schools.

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

I am the principal at Carmel River School and annually have invited Whales on Wheels to conduct various marine based presentations at our school. The presentations introduce students to the marine life that exists in the ocean, properties of the ocean and ocean conservation. The programming has been excellent due to the content and high quality instruction that is offered. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoy the material and it is an essential part of our "Ocean Celebration."

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various marine presentations including "whales, marine mammals, land and sea/watershed and sea otter"

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no changes necessary

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

They came to my school with all the supplies necessary. They led a hands on very interactive lesson for 60 minutes. This tied in extremely well with our study of animals and habitats. The students were amazed to learn how whales and dolphins communicate.

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my classroom.

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make sure that it remains free and open to many classrooms and schools!

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