Oak Ridges Public School: Students Gone Ape!

We are always especially thrilled when young people take action to help bring attention to the crisis facing orangutans in the wild.

Our Apps for Apes program is going strong at the Toronto Zoo and it caught the attention of the awesome kids in Mrs. Maltais’ Grade 8 Class at Oak Ridges Public School in Ontario. When they heard about the ipad project they reached out to us and asked how they could help! 

You can read their story in their own words below. The kids are now the proud adoptive parents of baby Gunung and will soon be making a class field trip to the Toronto Zoo to see the orangutans in action!

Making our official t-shirts to look professional while fund raising and working in the community.

June 27, 2012

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is to share a bit of our Entrepreneurial Adventure. In March we started our venture, “Students Gone Ape” with the intention of raising money to help the folks at the Toronto Zoo buy an iPad for their orangutans. We wanted to create a service business to help the folks in our local community. Our first goal was to help shovel snow from the driveways in our community. However, by the time we had our logo and our business goals there was not much snow left to shovel. We regrouped and offered to clean up trash from the yards that border our school by donation. We also asked the entire school to sponsor our efforts in cleaning up the culverts that border our school property. We were amazed to discover how much litter there was and how much of it originated from our school nutrition program!

Speaking of amazement we were astonished to learn about the devastation of orangutan habitats due to the production of palm oil. We created an awareness campaign around our school so others could understand the importance of choosing productions that do not contain palm oil. We also held a dance and sold watermelon to bring in more funds.

You might find it interesting to learn that we shared information about our venture at “The Learning Partnership” gala dinner in front of one thousand VIP guests in Toronto. Many in attendance were astonished to learn that orangutans enjoy skyping and accessing apps for enrichment. We hope that in addition to the funds that we raised that we have also raised awareness about the value of protecting our natural habits. We are grateful to organizations such as Orangutan Outreach that strives to care for the displaced animals in our world. We would like to ensure that the money sent contributes to enriching the lives of apes in captivity.

Mrs. Maltais’ grade eight class
Oak Ridges Public School
160 Coons Rd., Richmond Hill
ON, Canada L4E 2P7