Save the Sharks (3 Comments)

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To Rob,

I just wanted to write and thank you for taking a stand to make a difference in the world and the way it has impacted my 8 year old son Jeffrey.

My son decided to do a report on Sharks this year for his second grade class. Upon discovering your documentary, my son was outraged.  He yelled at the TV the entire time he saw people finning sharks.  At the end of the movie he, being a typical 8 year old boy, was yelling about what he wished he could do to the people that were finning sharks.  I thought it was a good opportunity to teach him about positive change and the power even an 8 year old has.  We noticed other kids on your blog in other parts of the world that had done things to raise awareness and we talked about the information he learned and how he could spread that information and what he could do to create a positive change.  He decided his report would be solely on the information he learned from this movie.  He created a powerful presentation with short movie clips and then created posters to put around the school to raise money.  He was so passionate about raising money he asked the principal to present to every single class, including the middle schoolers.  It was the first presentation he’s ever given, and he did it fearlessly and passionately.  He raised some money from the school, but didn’t feel it was enough, so he asked for his family members to donate money instead of birthday presents for his birthday.  Lastly, he did extra jobs so he could donate what his original goal was of $100. We donated the money on PayPal today.

Since watching your show and his involvement in earning money to save the sharks, he has decided that he wants to be an oceanographer when he grows up.

img_4849Thanks, Marisa

3 Responses to “Save the Sharks”

    1. Leonard Grover July 5th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I too wanted to thank you for your work to save sharks and the fire you kindled in Jeffrey’s heart for your cause.

      I am Jeffrey’s proud grandfather and enjoyed seeing his passion for your work grow as he studied and presented his material to the family and the students at his school.

      Leonard Grover

    1. Cassandra in Canada. August 31st, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I’m so glad you watched Sharkwater with your son. I wish more parents would watch programs that opens the world up to them. The world has good and bad things in it and educating your child gives him a more compassionate greater appreciation for what we have and how important it is. I see so many kids today get expensive things (that we would only get on our Birthdays or Christmas if we were lucky) on any average day for no reason.

      But to see your son so excited and finding his passion with what matters in the real world and the joy he finds in it is a beautiful thing to see. And to witness his courage and determination must have made you so proud. I believe Jeffrey will become an Oceanographer and will do amazing things in his lifetime. My next donation to United Conservationists will be on behalf of Jeffrey. Please let him know that his efforts have reached beyond his school. I hope it makes Jeffrey smile just as big as the one in your photo.
      C.Misale

    1. Cassandra in Canada. August 31st, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Marissa and Jeffrey, a donation was made today on behalf of Jeffrey to donations@sharkwater. Sorry, I can’t post my Paypal receipt here.
      C. Misale

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