Sunday Spin: Kids Saving the Rainforest

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Recently, my children participated in a writing contest called Find Your Voice!, a letter writing contest run by their elementary school and Seymour Osman Community Center (SOCC). The objective was to find a social topic to research, then write a letter to someone in an authoritative position who would have some sort of experience or knowledge or influence regarding that chosen topic. Riley, my 7-year-old son, wrote to President Obama about saving the rainforests.

Riley was one of the top 3 finalists. (My daughter, Maddy, also won! I’ll write about her in another post.)

The award for winning was a $25.00 donation to a charity that supports his cause. Riley’s money will be donated to Kids Saving the Rainforests, a non-profit organization that was founded by kids.

I did not know about this organization before Riley had decided that he wanted to write to President Obama. In Riley’s online research, he had discovered the website and almost forgot to continue with writing his letter because he had become so absorbed in reading what other kids had to say about the rainforests. There is a lot of useful facts and information, plus neat photos and stories shared by kids. There is an online store, games, activities, and suggestions on ways anyone can help protect one of the world’s most amazing places.

Here is Riley’s letter:

President Obama,

My name is Riley, a first grader in New Hampshire. I am writing to you because I want to save the rainforests. I believe you can help me because you are the President of the United States.

The rainforests are important to me because I love all the animals who live there, especially the gorillas, bats, and snakes. I don’t want them to vanish from the earth. Trees give us oxygen. Did you know that if a tree lives 50 years, it exhales 10,000 pounds of oxygen in its life (about 120 pounds a year). Without trees, our planet is in trouble.

Will you please make people stop cutting down the rainforest. You could talk to all the loggers and farmers and settlers who are destroying the rainforest. You could show them pictures of the animals that live there. You could help them understand that we need the rainforest on our planet.

Thank you so much for reading my letter and thinking about how you can help make a difference. I’m depending on you. And so are the rainforest animals.

Best Regards, Riley


21 thoughts on “Sunday Spin: Kids Saving the Rainforest

  1. Wow, if he can write like this at 7, imagine what he’ll be like at 17! I know I didn’t write that well at that age. 🙂 It looks like both children inherited some skills and talent from their mother!

    Did his letter actually get sent to the president? Or was the contest simply to prepare a letter to a chosen person? Either way, he did a great job!


    • Hey JM, Well, I know they had a form letter to go by, so I’m sure there was a bit of help there. Otherwise, the personal stuff is how he speaks anyway, and he loves rattling off obscure facts.

      I know they are displaying the letters in a public area. I figure if they don’t actually send it, I just might do it and see what happens. I think it would be neat to get a “response” with the presidential seal.


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  3. Nope no pizza I ate it!Wow talk about a parent being proud..I bet your busting buttons if not you should be. I can just imagine what high school will be like when more of the social ills will be brought to their attention. As ‘they’ say the apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree. Great job!


    • Hello! Too bad about the pizza, but I’ll try to get over it. 🙂 I am so proud of him. When kids think outside their own four walls and want to see changes occur in a broader scope I am always amazed. I really think schools and adults at home should do all they can to tap into the natural sense of giving in children.

      Thanks so much for swinging by.


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