JEACs – CAC – No.1


Description: Fundraising Table in School Lobby
Case # 1 – Whooping Cranes in Alberta
Assigned To: Laila
Age: 10
Due Date: Next Meeting


  1. Ask the principal for permission

  2. Design & Create a “Fundraising Table” for the school lobby

  3. Provide a Whooping Crane for the kids to color & in exchange for a $1 or $2 their Whooping Crane will find it’s way to an Alberta habitat (our school lobby)

  4. Provide an information page on the brand, new, “first – ever – in – the – world - real” JEACs – CAC – No. 1 & anyone (parents, teachers, visitors to the school) are welcome to make a donation to our first case, the Whooping Cranes in Alberta


My “ACTION” Results:

This is the display that we made for the JEACs – CAC – No. 1 Case for the Whooping Cranes that we had in the lobby of our school. We made just over $80. This display was up from June 6 until the last day of school.

This is the life size Whooping Crane that I drew and painted for the display,


This is the donation box that my Mom made.



Description: George Archibald (International Crane Foundation)
Case # 1 – Whooping Cranes in Alberta
Assigned To: Laila
Due Date:


  1. Read Article, “Hope Rises for Cranes’ Revival” (attached)

  2. Try to contact George Archibald by e-mail or phone call

  3. Tell him about JEACs – CAC – No. 1

    • Group was inspired by a book talk done by Laila in the Grade 4 class

    • Laila decided to “found” the “first – ever – in – the – world” group of real JEACs on May 25, 2012. Previously they have only been written about in Amelia Lionheart’s books

    • Share with him our Mission Statement & goals (if he wishes)

    • For our first case, we decided to look into the Whooping Crane situation in Alberta and read an article in the Calgary Herald where you & the foundation where mentioned & that you have visited the site in Alberta that is being considered for re-establishing habitat in Alberta for the Whooping Crane

    • Ask for any comments he might have or direction he might give us as to how best to utilize funds that we have already raised for donation to the Whooping Crane “cause”


My “ACTION” Results:

(Attach additional pages, findings, pictures etc. if necessary)

International Crane Foundation
E-11376 Shady Lane Rd., P.O. Box 351
Baraboo, WI 53913 USA
Contacted via their website & sent the following e-mail,

My daughter Laila and myself (together with the author of the children’s book, Amelia Lionheart) have started the first ever, in the world, real group of JEACs. Laila’s group has been officially called, JEACs – CAC – No. 1 (Junior Environmentalists and Conservationists – Calgary, Alberta, Canada No. 1). The starting of this group was inspired by the book Laila read for her Grade 4 book talk last May, 2012 (“Peacock Feathers” by Amelia Lionheart). The book talk was done in the format of a business meeting where Laila prepared an agenda, a mission statement for the group and several goals. One of these goals was to agree on a “first case” which Laila proposed the Whooping Crane after doing some research on the internet and discovering that overhead powerlines were causing injury and sometimes death of the Whooping Cranes. Laila’s classmates agreed that the plight of the Whooping Cranes would be their first case and so 21 kids from the School became JEACs – CAC – No. 1 members and began work to fundraise and do further research on the Whooping Crane. Coincidentally, there was an article in the Herald (written by Ed Struzik) and this is where the kids and I got some good information about the current status of the Whooping Crane and many contacts, including George Archibald from the International Crane Foundation. The JEACs – CAC – No. 1 raised ~$200 in 1 month of fundraising at their school and would now like to distribute that money in a way that will best help the Whooping Cranes. And this is where we would like your advise. They would like some of the raised money to go to our local zoo and perhaps some to help an actual “bird in distress”. I would love to send you some additional information about this tremendous group of talented and inspired young people who want to “help save the environment and the animals that live on this world with us” (part of Laila’s Mission Statement). If I could get in touch with Mr. Archibald, by e-mail, I could send their meeting agendas (4), samples of their research work and also a portion of their fundraised money. If you are interested in learning more about the JEACs – CAC – No. 1 and how the kids (and myself and Amelia Lionheart) are working hard to spread the word about the Whooping Crane (and other animals), please respond back to us at my e-mail (or Laila’s). Thank you in advance for your time and interest.



----- Original Message -----
From: CEDIntern
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 11:56 am
Subject: International Crane Foundation
To: “melaney”
Cc: Cully Shelton

Dear Melaney,

Thank you for your interest in the International Crane Foundation.

We received your email and your daughter’s project sounds amazing. What an inspirational group of young people! I will be passing this information on to my supervisors and colleagues to discuss the project and donation. We will be in touch in the coming week.

Thanks again for your passion for saving endangered species.

Interpretive Naturalist
International Crane Foundation








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