Getting Sandy For The Manatees

On April 16, 2011 in Belize, Caye Caulker, News

Yesterday some of the kids from Caye Caulker Primary School headed down the beach on Front Street, outside Chocolate’s (creator of the Swallow Caye Manatee Reserve), to participate in a sand modelling competition in celebration of Earth Day and also to raise awareness about the conservation of Manatees and their environment. Naturally the kids were thrilled to have an excuse to be out of the classroom, but they were also very passionate about the cause.

They split up in to groups, got creative and started building sculptures of Manatees out of sand. They ran back and forth collecting sand and piling it up and shaping its body. Some groups made just one big Manatee, while others created both a mother and a baby. It was great walking around and seeing all the different interpretations – No two were the same.

Once they were all done the judges walked around to each group and asked them to explain what they knew about the Manatee and describe how they built their sculptures and what they wanted to show. All the kids did such a wonderful job. Lots of people – tourists and locals alike – stopped out of interested and took the time to walk around and see what was going on.

Well done to everyone involved!!! The Manatee is such a BIG, beautiful creature and we need to do whatever we can to ensure its survival…..these kids are doing their part to make sure that happens!

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