Dear Horizons Community,
As you may have heard, we are excited to announce that Dr. Jane Goodall, world renown primatologist, activitist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace, will be visiting Horizons K-8 School on Thursday, October 1, from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Brad and Teresa McLain (Kai McLain’s parents) for making this event possible.
This is an incredible occasion for our students. Much of Jane’s current work is focused on her international Roots and Shoots movement — a service learning program that empowers students to become powerful agents of positive change to the benefit of animals, people, and the environment in their local communities. This event is designed as a Roots and Shoots rally and we are proud to announce that Horizons will be launching several Roots & Shoots groups as part of this event. Learn more about this extraordinary program and how YOU can get involved at: www.rootsandshoots.org
This opportunity will also serve as the dedication of “Boulder’s Gombe Grove,” adjacent to our very own outdoor basketball court. In addition to hearing stories from Dr. Jane, we will also be hosting Roots & Shoots leaders from around Colorado and will be planting 10 trees, each one dedicated to a chimpanzee near and dear to Jane’s heart from her studies in Tanzania. More details can be found here: http://www.xsci.org/gombe-grove/
We will close the event by sharing a gift of song. See a video of the kids practicing their song.
IMPORTANT: THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT, NOT FOR PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
This is designed to be a private, child-centered, educational, motivational, and inspirational event. Jane will be working and interacting with the students. We would like to keep the scale small and intimate so that the children can get the most out of this amazing opportunity. We ask that you support our intentions in maintaining this unique and precious opportunity for your children.
We also encourage you to attend Jane’s lecture at CU Boulder later in the evening on Oct. 1st at Coors Event Center.
Objective: To commemorate Jane Goodall’s visit to Boulder, to dedicate “Boulder’s Gombe grove” as a Roots & Shoots Rally point, and to celebrate the 55th anniversary of her historic research program at Gombe.
Context: Dr. Goodall celebrated her 81st birthday this past spring and the 55th anniversary of her chimpanzee research in the forests of Gombe, Tanzania. Dr. Goodall’s unique research methods for studying animal behavior ultimately ushered in a paradigm shift in the sciences of anthropology and ethology — transforming our understanding of what makes us human and what links us to all other life on Earth. In the years since her initial seminal discoveries, she has gone on to become a U.N Peace Messenger and outspoken champion for animal rights. She also founded the program known as Roots & Shoots — now operating in 139 countries — to empower youth as positive change makers for people, animals, and the environment in their communities, together effecting international impacts. www.janegoodall.org www.rootsandshoots.org
WHEN: Oct. 1st, 2015, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WHAT: A Roots & Shoots rally in which Colorado children gather to:
- Meet Jane & share stories of their efforts to make the world a better place
- Plant 10 trees – each one dedicated to a chimpanzee near and dear to Jane’s heart and critical to her research
- Hear Jane’s dedication stories
WHO: Jane Goodall, Colorado Roots & Shoots clubs of Colorado, Horizons K-8 Students
WHERE: Horizons K8 School in Boulder, adjacent to the outdoor basketball court, rain or shine.
HOW: Dr. Brad McLain and Teresa McLain co-direct XSci (the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative) at the Center for STEM Learning, CU Boulder. Teresa McLain is the event founder and organizer, in partnership with our sponsors and Horizon’s wonderful staff!. Brad McLain also serves on the board of directors for the Jane Goodall Institute and serves on the Roots & Shoots national committee, in addition to teaching a CU-hosted MOOC for JGI.
WHY: Roots & Shoots is Jane’s legacy and a call to action for the youth of the world to become positive change makers.