Fourth-graders team up to save a dolphin
Louisiana students adopt Louie and create art for wildlife.
St. James Parish art class, New Orleans (© WDSU New Orleans)
Students at St. James Parish Gifted Center in Vacherie, La., have a pretty cool school mascot: a dolphin. Fittingly, some of them are dedicated to the well-being of the aquatic mammals that live in the nearby Gulf of Mexico.
According to a report by WDSU New Orleans, six fourth-grade students were shocked in art class when they read about a dolphin being shot to death. So they decided to get involved.
This led them to adopt Louie, a survivor of the 2010 Gulf oil-spill disaster. "We read about him, and he was under 2 years old," student Radyn Boe said. "We heard that he was attacked by another dolphin."
Wounded dolphin adopted by schoolchildren (© WDSU New Orleans)
For fellow classmate Adrian Sandovall, a local connection with Louie was an important part in adopting him. "The article about him said he was from Louisiana, so I guess that really spoke to us," he said.
The students painted a colorful mural to raise money for Louie and to increase awareness for protecting dolphins.
They're also hoping to raise enough money to travel to Florida, where Louie now lives, to present the artwork to their best marine friend ever.
Hey folks... I must of done a horrible job of wording my post, and used bad judgement by posting it in this article, because it was totally misunderstood!!!
I happen to love children and wildlife. I also think what they did was very awesome. I applaud them for it. I also agree with all the comments, even though criticizing me, about the compassion being taught and demonstrated by these children.
My criticism is of the public school systems, which I stand by, that put animal life ahead of human life and indoctrinate our children in that manner. My comment, though ill-timed and admittedly in bad taste for this article, was directed the P.C. school cirriculum, and NOT at this particular effort. I apologize and, and Chari, I removed the post, not you.
Sorry for causing offense, it was not my intention.
St. James Parish Gifted Center, you might as well come on down here to Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida to see Winter, the dolphin with the artificial tale who lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. You all will love her as well! She's our resident celebrity here because of the movie, Dolphin Tale, and we all love her! She's been an inspiration to a whole lot of people, especially to people with disabilities and wounded veterans that are recovering and rehabing from their war injuries. I'm glad that you all are taking a very strong interest in dolphins and helping to keep them around for other kids and adults to see in years to come.
Chari Mercier :)
St. Pete, FL
@ Signature- - Your remark relating abortion along with sweet kids taking up a cause for beautiful dolphins was not necessary. I am really actually just speechless over it! The two causes are simply just plain IRRELEVANT!!!! I understand you were going for sarcasm, but I do not appreciate it in this instance. I'm not going into whether I'm Pro Choice or whatever, because it doesn't matter in this forum. But what these children are doing for these gracious dolphins is beyond caring and sooooo sweet as BDough put it:)