Amesville third-graders raising money to help orangutans

We would like to thank Mrs. Jadey Gilmore and her amazing students for all their hard work and dedication to helping orangutans. We are so proud of them! They  raised an incredible $750 for orangutans!  The children are now the adoptive parents of Monti, Pingky, Pungky, Neng, Oscarina, Mimi & Momo!    
~ Team OO  {:(|}  {:(|)  27 March 2012

Originally Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
By CASEY S. ELLIOTT
View the Source: AthensOhioToday.com

Amesville Elementary is Loves Orangutans!

AMESVILLE — Amesville Elementary third graders concerned about farming practices that have put orangutans in danger are collecting money to help protect them.

Students in Jadey Gilmore’s third-grade class have been learning about orangutans, and about a month ago read an article about an orangutan rescue center on the Indonesian island of Borneo helping the animals. The students became interested in the cause, and have been collecting money ever since in the hopes of adopting three orangutans through Orangutan Outreach.

Orangutan Outreach’s mission is to protect orangutans in their native habitat while providing care for orphaned and displaced orangutans until they can be returned to their natural environment, according to its website, redapes.org.

Gilmore said farmers in Borneo are decimating orangutan habitat to farm palm oil, and orangutans are then taking food from those farms as a result of the habitat destruction. Farmers often will kill the animals and sell baby orangutans on the black market as pets, which doesn’t necessarily work out for them, Gilmore said.

“Orangutans are very similar to humans — they can’t survive on their own without their mothers,” she said. Orangutan Outreach uses donations to care for these orphaned baby orangutans and releases them into protected habitats when they are able to survive on their own.

Students feel an affinity to the orangutans and want to help them, they say.

“Their habitat is getting broke,” said third-grader Noah King. “They’re killed because they are stealing food, and there’s no food in the forest.”

“I wanted to help the orangutans because palm oil is destroying their homes,” said student Chloe Tweedy. “It feels good to help them out.”

Fellow third-grader Jacob Sayers said helping the orangutans is like helping another human being.

“They’re a lot like people, they need stuff just like us,” he said. “It’s just like helping another human.”

The students have so far raised $360 — they passed their original $125 goal early on in the process. They now hope to raise more than $400 by the end of the fundraising drive, which will occur at a parents’ night event on March 1. Students made friendship bracelets they sold for Valentine’s Day, and the parents night event will have an entry fee of 25 cents, which will go toward the monies collected for the organization.

The parents’ night fundraising event [was] held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 1 at Amesville Elementary.