BES Loves the Loggerheads!

BES Does it Again!

Everyday Should be Earth Day! BES celebrated Earth Day on April 21, 2017, with Mr. Cobb's 4th and 5th graders leading an assembly that highlighted the harmful effects of beach trash and included a whole-school singalong about "Going Green" and a video about Belton, the loggerhead sea turtle who was named in honor of our school.

Kelly Thorvalson and Caitlin Cash, from the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium, were on hand to accept the check from our Love the Loggerhead Read-a-Thon and were very surprised at the total: $9,125.50! This read-a-thon caught the eye of anonymous donors from as far away as California and included a business match from Google.

Kelly filled us in on the progress of the Sea Turtle Recovery exhibit, which is set to open in late May. She also said that more and more turtles are coming into the hospital with plastics in their stomach and encouraged the students to have a conversation with their parents to figure out ways that they can reduce the amounts of plastics they use.

This was our 6th read-a-thon to benefit The Sea Turtle Care Program. BES partnered with MPS in 2007 and were the first schools in the state to raise funds for their state reptile. This latest Love the Loggerhead Read-a-Thon raises BES's total donation over the years to over $24,000. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen!