St. George School third-grade students have spent the last six weeks studying the life of an Atlantic Puffin, learning about its life cycle, habitat, breeding grounds, and challenges this special sea bird faces. The students studied about Project Puffin and scientist Dr. Steve Kress, who was responsible for the reintroduction of Atlantic Puffin to Eastern Egg Rock, a small island off the coast of St. George. They also looked at data about the puffin population, and sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine. As a culminating project, students designed a t-shirt to sell, with all the proceeds going to support Project Puffin. They wrote persuasive pieces to convince an audience to attend and buy our t-shirts. They read these pieces aloud to the second-grade class, and the essays below were the winners.
—Meghan Elwell, Teacher
“I’m just a kid and I want to make a difference”
First of all you should buy our t-shirts on the Celebration of Learning in room 25. IF you want to save a puffin’s life or make them not extinct.
If you don’t believe me, here are some of the challenges puffins face: black-backed gulls, but the most important one is “pollution.” All that can harm a puffin and that’s why you should come to the Celebration of Learning and buy a t-shirt.
Food shortages are also a problem for puffins. One time a puffin expert came to my classroom and said that a pufflin eats about 25 fish a day. If you throw trash in the water that is like 25 fish gone in the ocean and if that keeps happening, then there will be no fish in the water for puffins to eat. Also pollution can make warm oceans and fish like cold water so then the fish swim away to cold water where the puffins can’t swim. That’s another reason to buy our t-shirts at the Celebration of Learning.
Take it this way, most people around the globe have been in the water, but some puffins haven’t because they are dying. I’m just a kid and I want to make a difference so that puffins can go in water like us and be safe too. Lastly I’d love for you to come to the Celebration of Learning to buy a t-shirt only for $15 in room 25. —Kaylee Tolman
“Do you really want all the puffins inthe world to go away?”
You should buy our t-shirt because this puffin species is almost extinct. Do you really want to have puffins in the world? There are so many challenges that a puffin goes through a day like trash, plastic, black-backed gulls and oil spills.
Oil spills are a big problem too. A fact about an oil spill is if a puffin runs into one it gets all oily. Then if it stays out at sea for a long time it can die. That will not be good. I think that you should buy our t-shirt because do you really want all the puffins in the world to go away? Then there won’t be anymore.
You can buy our t-shirt at St. George School in Mrs. Elwell’s third-grade class June 13 1:30pm, $15 dollars a t-shirt, room 25. —Eva Hooper
“…your money could help save an entire species, puffins”
You should buy our t-shirts because your money could help save an entire species, puffins. There are many challenges this species faces, such as pollution, predators, and global warming.
Many puffins run into pollution (for example, trash) when they are out at sea. If you buy our t-shirts, professionals could try to help solve that problem. Pollution is also a problem for other species. Experts could also make “No Littering” a law in all states.
Predators such as gulls are also a problem. Our visiting scientist Steve Kress said, “Gulls will eat a puffin’s egg if they can find them, as well as puffin chicks and adults.” If you buy our t-shirts, Project Puffin could help eliminate gulls from Eastern Egg Rock. Gulls can eat a lot of things that puffins can’t such as garbage and factory wastes. The money from the t-shirts could help because factory wastes could go somewhere else.
You should also think of your own experiences. You all know the safe, secure, feeling of home. IF we keep harming our oceans, puffins and other seabirds won’t have a place to call home. That is why you should buy our $15 t-shirts in room 25 at the Celebration of Learning. We take cash and checks. I hope you consider buying our t-shirts. Thank you. —Miles Bartke