Monday, November 10, 2008

A True Turtle Hero

The fight to save the sea turtles has many heroes, but few quite as young and inspiring as Casey Sokolovic. She was just a third-grader when she fell in love with sea turtles during a visit to the Karen Beaseley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Since then she has done more than many adult turtle lovers could fathom. She began by making and selling turtle shaped cookies at her school’s family science night events. Later she began trying to educate others through a self founded program she named LAST (Love a Sea Turtle). Casey gets her whole family involved by scouring the beach for turtle tracks early each morning and marking nesting areas to keep the eggs protected. Yet Casey is not satisfied with the thousands of dollars she has raised or the many people she has educated and inspired. She has plans to organize a fundraising walk, start a turtle website, and has even begun talks with a coffee company about creating a special product to raise money for the Karen Beaseley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. I am thrilled to learn that Casey surpassed more than 700 of her peers to become one of five finalists for this year’s Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. This is one amazing girl… definitely one of Pokey’s heroes.

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