Generations in Exchange

November 30, 2014

Adults can learn a great deal about ingenuity and determination from children. An “Eco-Troop” of fourth and fifth graders in Florida grew fond of the scrub jay, an endangered species that is so friendly the bird will eat a peanut from an open hand. The students were determined to protect the scrub jay. Oblivious of the monumental difficulties involved in buying the land necessary to preserve the scrub jay’s local habitat, they set to work. The school principal and their teacher brought the parents together with the children for weekly strategy sessions. Teachers and children refused to allow the adults to co-opt the agenda. Students, their parents, and local environmental groups made intergenerational presentations to the School Board, the Indian River County Commission, their congressman, and the secretary of the US Interior Department. As an intergenerational group the friends of scrub jay were successful. Eco-Troop received a $200,000 matching grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The above is one of several intergenerational programs featured in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Network magazine, Winter 2001. Written by Wendy Schaetzel Lesko

- FL, Florida
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