Signal Mountain Middle/High School seventh-graders raised $3,700 at their Red Wolf Silent Auction on April 25, benefitting the Chattanooga Nature Center’s Red Wolf breeding program. The money raised will help fund the program aimed at preventing the extinction of the species.
The students worked in groups to make themed gift baskets from items donated by various community businesses and organizations. The baskets were auctioned off to participants at the auction. The students also created project boards which they used to educate auction participants and community members about the endangered status of the red wolf. Kim Brown, a seventh-grade science teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High, spearheaded the event.
“The kids worked like champs and prepared some amazing baskets and created some very professional-looking posters,” said Ms.
Brown. “The community really came together in supporting this project.”
Signal Mountain Middle High School has adopted the breeding program as a service project for seventh-grade science students. The event this year is the third year in a row that Signal Mountain students have hosted a silent auction to raise funds for the Red Wolf program. The students raised over $2,700 each year for the first two years. This year, the students surpassed their goal by raising $3,700 with the auction event.
The students presented the donation check to Tish Gailmard of the Chattanooga Nature Center. The organization will use the money for vaccinations, food, enclosure improvements, transportation of wolves, and veterinary care.
“The students were able to learn that through effort and motivation, they can truly be agents of change and make a difference,” Ms. Brown said.