Wild about reading books

Cayman Wildlife Rescue received the
support of some voracious young readers recently when Montessori by the Sea participated
in a pilot of the Wildlife Rescue Read-a-thon.

Children collected pledges from
their friends and family based on the number of books they read during the programme.
The children then received prizes based on the amount of donations they
collected and were also eligible for two grand prizes: Top Reader and Top Fund
Raiser. The programme is designed to actively engage the youth in the group’s
conservation efforts and build better readers; all proceeds benefit native and
migratory wildlife in care.

“The wildlife read-a-thon was such
a hit with the children. I was really impressed with how motivated they all
were to help our programme and how interested they were in reading,” said Alison
Corbett, programme manager of Cayman Wildlife Rescue.

A group of 13 children participated
in the read-a-thon, reading 189 books and generating $1,400 in donations. Anja
van Genderen received the awards for top reader and top fundraiser, reading 46
books and raising $300 in donations. Anja was presented with many prizes
including several wildlife adoption kits, tote bags and Books & Books gift
vouchers.

Since the read-a-thon was such a
success, Cayman Wildlife Rescue plans on rolling the programme out to several
schools during the year.

Cayman Wildlife Rescue is a programme
of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands tasked with the rescue of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife for release back into the wild. It is financed by
donations from the public and staffed entirely by volunteers.

The programme welcomes youth
groups. Those interested can email [email protected] for ways to
get actively involved in wildlife rescue or visit caymanwildliferescue.org.

Call 917-BIRD(2473) for all
wildlife emergencies. Cayman Wildlife Rescue has a team of experienced and
trained volunteers ready to assist in wildlife emergencies. Members of the public
are reminded to never attempt to care for wildlife animals themselves as these
animals require special diets and veterinary care.

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Anja van Genderen was the most prolific reader and fundraiser.
Photo: Submitted
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