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Educational Excellence In America Documentary Trailer
Students helping Students: A Lesson In Cross-Cultural Humanity
For two years, Beatrice Muyah, a Redd School teacher (Houston, Texas), originally from Kenya,
has been doing small book drives for the small village of Nduriri, in central Kenya. Children walk
miles to school, often without shoes or food for lunch.
"Books are being donated by students and their families and from the "archives of gently used
text books" at Redd School.  The students have embraced this drive with a vigor I haven't seen in
years.  I think it's partly because they have a familiar face to associate with the cause." said Ellen
LeBlanc, Redd School Administrator.

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Rescuing the Gentle Giants
Corals are not the only marine organism in trouble. Giant clams are ecologically important because they clean
seawater, and their huge shells are home to other marine creatures. They are also a key source of food and income;
their vibrant colors make them prize aquarium pets! Due to over-harvesting, many giant clam populations are at the
brink of extinction. Giant clams can be raised in hatcheries, but relocating them to coral reefs is challenging. We met
that challenge by placing 50 clams in simple, easy-to-build cages for about 3 weeks. Here the clams got protection
from predators and water turbulence. Survival for clams inside the cages was much higher than it was for unprotected
clams. These results are very encouraging.

While judging entries in the Oceans 180 video competition, Ms. Lollie Garay and her students grades 5-8 at Redd
School in Houston, Texas, conceived a brilliant research question: Can the protective chambers for the clams [shown
in the video] be constructed from recycled materials?

Ms. Garay’s team of LABRATS (Learning ABout Research And Technology through Science) have since successfully
developed a prototype made entirely from recycled materials that I intend to trial in 2016. In addition to skills in
creativity and applied science, until recently the Team was selling popsicles and hot chocolate to pay for shipping the
chamber to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. You can help them by donating today!

For me, the ingenuity, intelligence and persistence exhibited by the entire LABRATS Team is quite humbling, and is
guaranteed to be a source of inspiration for other students. From left to right, Victoria, Abby and Emma.

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