On Wednesday, January 15, RCS Middle and High School students, accompanied by RCS staffers Erin Sawyer and Daria Carusone, assisted with making pouches for smaller animals that were orphaned due to the widespread fires that have been occurring throughout Australia. The group, which partnered with residents from Van Allen Senior Apartments, are part of the STARS intergen program and they were able to create 100 pouches for animals directly affected by the catastrophic fires. The STARS intergen program provides opportunities for seniors in the towns of Bethlehem and Coeymans to enhance the educational experience for RCS students.This unique partnership brings generations together and allows them to better understand and appreciate one another.
The pouches, commonly known as Joey Pouches, are designed to protect and offer comfort to animals that were impacted by the crisis. The group was also able to FaceTime with a representative from Australia who helped describe to RCS students the devastation caused by the brushfires and how their volunteerism would assist local habitat to begin the long road to recovery. In addition to this project, the group will also learn more about the culture and agriculture of Australia through student-led presentations in a future class.
Since the beginning of the fires, it’s estimated that over a billion wild habitants of the continent have fallen victim to the wildfires. This doesn’t include figures for native habitants such as fish, frogs, bats and insects. As support and outreach reaches those in need, Australia will have lost numerous species and wildlife due to this event. Every bit helps as supporters and contributors seek to assist in offering help. From RCS to Australia, we send love and support to our friends Down Under.