Fighting to Save the Elephants

Dr. Laurel Neme (far left) and Ashley McAvey (kneeling front) pose with students and staff

Dr. Laurel Neme (far left) and Ashley McAvey (kneeling front) pose with students and staff

On Tuesday, March 17, Endeavour Middle School was visited by Shelburne residents Ashley McAvey and Dr. Laurel Neme who discussed H.297, bill that would ban the sale of all ivory in Vermont.  It will come before the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources (CFWWR) on Wednesday, April 8.

The students wanted to do whatever they could to help stop a world without elephants – a keystone species, so they worked on letters to the members of CFWWR, begging them to support H.297. On the day of the CFWWR hearing, the Endeavour students will travel to Montpelier with McAvey and Dr. Neme to show support for the legislation and speak on its behalf. Sixth-grader Taegen Yardley will voice our support for the bill to the committee on behalf of all her classmates. 

A longer story about the effort was published recently in The Shelburne News