It has been a thrill of mine over the years to be able to talk to different groups, 4-H clubs and schools about our wild horses here in Alberta. I love to talk to the kids, as I just love their unbiased interest in the wild horses and in general, our whole environmental future.
Over the years we have received donations from young children who have found ways to raise money to donate to the future of the horses. There were two young girls who picked berries to sell and donated their earnings to WHOAS, one 6 year old young lady who instead of birthday presents at her birthday, request money instead, to which she again donated to helping save the horses. When the children do this it makes me confident that WHOAS will succeed in our efforts and it warms my heart and makes me feel so good inside.
Just the other day I received another letter from a teacher, Andrea Beaty, included in the letter was another donation to WHOAS, raised by one of her students when they celebrated Earth Day at the school. I thought I would share this letter with our members and vistors to our website.
Dear Bob Henderson,
I am the grade 4,5,6 teacher at Ta-Otha CommunitySchool on the Big Horn reservation, located 16 km west of the hamlet of Nordegg. We often see wild horses on the highway between between Rocky Mountain House and the Big Horn reservation. I think they are very beautiful and majestic creatures.
Last year our school held a competition as part of our Earth Day celebrations. We offered a small prize for the student in our school who could save the most money in a month for a worthy Earth Day cause. One of my students in my class took this challenge to heart and managed to save up $57, mostly in pennies over the two month period. He chose to donate his savings to the Wild Horses of Alberta Society.
As a result I am happy to donate my students $57 towards a family membership for our class, leaving the rest to be used as you see fit. I hope that his donation will contribute in some small way towards preserving and protecting the wild horses of Alberta.
If you ever have a chance, I welcome you to come to our school to talk to our students about the wild horses that inhabit the area in and around their reservation land. I am sure that education is a key component to their survival as a species.
Signed Andre Beaty.
Andrea is so right that education is a key part of WHOAS objectives in helping our wild horses. I am looking forward to meeting Andrea and her class to give my presentation on our Society efforts to protect them in the very near future.
Thanks again to her student and all the other individuals who continue to support us.