Bloomington, IL (Nov. 6, 2012)Students at Pontiac Township High School have earned $100,000 toward their efforts to save the Alligator Snapping Turtle.
On Friday, State Farm will present the school with a $100,000 grant during an all-school assembly. The grant comes from State Farm's Youth Advisory Board, a group of 30 students, ages 17-20, responsible for helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year service learning grant program. The grants are awarded to communities across the U.S. and Canada.
What: Pontiac High School students will lead, develop, and implement a working recovery program under the supervision of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Dr. Brady Barr of the National Geographic Society to raise and reintroduce Alligator Snapping Turtles, an endangered species, back into their natural habitat. This student driven and developed program will be then implemented in schools throughout Illinois and the surrounding states.
Who: Pontiac high school students, Pontiac High Science Teacher Paul Ritter, Joe Kath, Endangered Species Manager with Illinois Department of National Resources, and local elected officials.
When: 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Where: Pontiac Township High School, 1100 East Indiana Ave., Pontiac, IL 61764
Holly Anderson, State Farm Public Affairs, (309) 735-7745.
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