BVE kids step up to help caribou moms

By Eleanor Wilson
Begbie View Elementary School Teacher-Librarian

Grade Five Begbie View student Alyssa Bollefer cares a lot about the declining numbers of caribou in our region. She also knows a lot about them. Her dad, Kevin Bollefer, is involved in the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) project which has built and operated a maternity pen to help the survival rates of baby caribou.

Alyssa decided to share her knowledge and passion with her fellow students at Begbie View by giving presentations about local caribou herds to most of the classes in the school. She then organized a class challenge to raise funds for the purchase of tracking collars for the baby caribou. This campaign – called Quarter for a Caribou since our 25-cent coin features this impressive animal – had a goal of $300, which is the price tag for one collar.

The final tally at the end of the month-long coin drive was $666.20, thanks to the many families at Begbie View and a generous donation by Consummate Building Services. Alyssa presented the funds to RCRW representatives Corey Legebokow and Sarah Boyle at a recent school assembly. In her address to the school, Ms. Boyle thanked all the students and Alyssa for their generous support of this important project. Mr. Legebokow added that the collars purchased with the funds from Alyssa’s campaign will go to the first two baby caribou to be released. Students will then get updates on the whereabouts of “their” baby caribou.

For more information about the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild project go to http://rcrw.ca.

And here, courtesy of Rob Buchanan and Eleanor Wilson, are some photos of this terrific project:

Grade Five Begbie View student Alyssa Bollefer cares a lot about the declining numbers of caribou in our region. In fact, she cared enough to organize a fund-raising campaign at her school. Rob Buchanan photo

Grade Five Begbie View student Alyssa Bollefer cares a lot about the declining numbers of caribou in our region. In fact, she cared enough to organize a fund-raising campaign at her school. Rob Buchanan photo

That looks like a lot of coins to count. Rob Buchanan photo

That looks like a lot of coins to count. Rob Buchanan photo

Alyssa would like to see caribou survive as living, breathing creatures in the wild — not just as an image on a quarter. Rob Buchanan photo

Alyssa would like to see caribou survive as living, breathing creatures in the wild — not just as an image on a quarter. Rob Buchanan photo

Alyssa and her friends Parker English and Sam Folden count the many donations made to their campaign. Rob Buchanan photo

Alyssa and her friends Parker English and Sam Folden count the many donations made to their campaign. Rob Buchanan photo

Alyssa Bollefer addresses her school at an assembly on April 10. Eleanor Wilson photo

Alyssa Bollefer addresses her school at an assembly on April 10. Eleanor Wilson photo

Alyssa presents $666.20 to Sarah Boyle and Corey Legebokow. Eleanor Wilson photo

Alyssa presents $666.20 to Sarah Boyle and Corey Legebokow. Eleanor Wilson photo

Alyssa (centre) holds the collar for a baby caribou as she poses with Sarah Boyle and Corey Legebokow. Eleanor Wilson photo

Alyssa (centre) holds the collar for a baby caribou as she poses with Sarah Boyle and Corey Legebokow. Eleanor Wilson photo

Sarah Boyle, Alyssa Bollfer and Kindergarten students Issac Defeo and Jamie Reynolds holding a caribou made by Cathy English.  Their class won the Quarter for a Caribou coin drive. Eleanor Wilson photo

Sarah Boyle, Alyssa Bollfer and Kindergarten students Issac Defeo and Zyla Davies holding a caribou made by Cathy English. Their class won the Quarter for a Caribou coin drive. Eleanor Wilson photo

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