Pens for Pokanong

In August last year an Earthwatch volunteer called Lexi worked with the Primate and Predator Project. As part of the Eco-schools programme the Earthwatch volunteers visited Pokanong Primary School and taught the children about the environment. After Lexi returned to her home in California, she was inspired to collected donations of pens, pencils and other stationary to send to the children at the school. She gathered donations from friends, family and from people visiting the Explorit Science Centre. Lexi collected an amazing 388 pens, 232 pencils, 4 mechanical pencil lead refills, 39 rubbers, 15 grips for pencils and 11 pencil sharpeners!! All the goodies were posted to Lajuma Research Centre.


A teacher at Pokanong Primary School


Laying out all the stationary

A group of students and research assistants from Lajuma went to Pokanong to present the stationary. The children and the teachers were so excited to see us. We asked the children questions about nature and if they got the correct answer they were given a pencil or pen. At the end of the session all the children lined up and everyone in the school received something. The remaining pens and pencils were given to the teachers who will keep them for less fortunate kids who do not have school supplies in future. Thanks so much Lexi for such as wonderful contribution to learning!

If you would like to find out more about Lexi’s campaign ‘Pens for Pokanong’ please join her facebook group by clicking here. 


Above left: All the children were excited to see us; Above right: Asking the children questions about nature


Looking after the Eco-schools garden


Teachers with information on Lexi’s campaign


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