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School Children Raise Money and Awareness of Amazon

Fifteen students representing grades three through six at Spring Hill Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, on Dec. 13 joined Amazon experts from World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, and the Brazilian government to discuss the theme of conservation and the Amazon.

The videoconference exchange was a "thank you" to the students for their efforts in drawing attention to the Amazon as one of the worlds truly important places in need of conservation.

Spring Hill Elementary is one of many schools participating in Earth's Birthday educational activities, and its students raised more than $6,000 in 2005 to support Amazon conservation. Overall, students from 1,200 schools around the nation participated in Earth's Birthday, raising more than $200,000. A total contribution of $800,000 from Earth's Birthday and the Global Environment Facility were recognized and celebrated as part of the videoconference with Brazil.