Wednesday, June 29 , 2016, 5:52 pm | Fair 65º

  • Follow Noozhawk on LinkedIn
  • Follow Noozhawk on Pinterest
  • Follow Noozhawk on YouTube

Cold Spring School Students Selling Handmade Books to Benefit Santa Barbara Zoo

Two classes of third-grade students from Montecito’s Cold Spring School have created colorful, fact-filled original books about endangered animals that will be for sale at the Santa Barbara Zoo from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.

This “Advocates 4 Animals” event is hoped to raise awareness and more than $5,000 to benefit zoo animals through the “Foster Feeder” program as well as endangered animals all over the world.

This event came about as a result of reading the novel The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. The group built a strong connection with the character of an honest, humble and powerful, yet gentle, silverback gorilla Ivan. The third-graders decided that they wanted to help endangered animals like Ivan all over the world.

“These students are genuinely determined and passionate about their cause,” teacher Annie Villa said. “They are only 9 years old, but are the future leaders of our community. They saw the need for awareness and rose to the occasion. Their hearts have been poured onto the pages of these books.”

The third-graders embarked on a “service learning project” called Advocates 4 Animals to create books about some of the unique and special zoo animals such as golden lion tamarin, three-banded armadillo and red-tailed hawk. They conducted research about each species and used the research as a basis for their books.

A total of 27 books have been written and will be for sale at Tuesday's event. Softbound copies are $10 and hardbacks are $25.

“As a teacher, it has been such a privilege to share in this experience with each student,” Villa said. “We have learned so much about ourselves, about each other, and about the important part every living thing plays to make our world a better, more beautiful place.”

To learn more about the Advocates 4 Animals event at the Santa Barbara Zoo, click here or contact Mari Callahan at Cold Spring School at [email protected] or Villa at Cold Spring School at [email protected].

For directions to the Santa Barbara Zoo, click here or call 805.962.5339.

— Julia McHugh is the public relations director for the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >