Freeport Elementary Schools Get Visit From Pelican Ambassador

Durand, Illinois — Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center receives $3,000 in grants from the Freeport Community Foundation to support environmental education at six elementary schools.

“Marshmallow” the Pelican Ambassador from Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center will be making a special visit to Freeport elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

karen&perryThe Freeport Community Foundation is supporting a new partnership between Hoo Haven’s Ambassador Education Program and the Freeport School District #145. This funding will bring the Midwest’s only educational American white pelican to Center, Lincoln Douglas, Empire, Blackhawk and Taylor Park elementary schools in the months to come. Jones-Farrar IB World School has already enjoyed this unique program.

The program features a permanently disabled pelican affectionately known as “Marshmallow” to tell his story and encourage youth participation in environmental conservation through wildlife protection and alternative energy. Marshmallow lost one of his wings after a collision with a cell tower guide wire and has been with Hoo Haven since he was found near Streator, IL several years ago.

Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned North American wildlife and community education about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural resources. Funding in whole provided by the Freeport Community Foundation.

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