Pennies For Pachyderms

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM EDT

By WKBW News

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / release) Lindbergh Elementary School students Alex Rine and Vinnie Christiano III approached their fifth-grade teacher last month, Mrs. Cummins, about starting a fundraiser to raise money for Asian Elephants.

The “Pennies for Pachyderms” goal was to raise the money for the International Elephant Foundation (IEF). The school’s theme is “Making a Difference,” and students collected pennies the entire month of May.

Lindbergh Elementary Students will speak to IEF Board Member,
Executive Director of the Elephant Managers Association, and Houston Zoo Large Mammal Curator Daryl Hoffman via Skype to talk about the charitable effort and to educate students about the plight of Asian Elephants. Houston Zoo staff is expected to participate in the live feed.

The IEF is considered the most respected elephant care foundation in the world. Students stated they wanted to get involved with this worthwhile cause is because the elephant population is decreasing rapidly. There are an estimated 28,000-42,000 Asian Elephants left in the wild and are number four on the endangered species list.

Channel 7's Eyewitness News cameras were on hand for the big moment with the students...Making Good Things Happen for wildlife!