SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Elementary school teachers will be able to bring the world of sea turtle conservation into the classroom.

Sea Turtle, Inc. announced it will be able to provide more than 200 free virtual learning programs to third and fifth grade students in the Rio Grande Valley this year.

The opportunity was made possible thanks to funding from H-E-B and the Raul Tijerina Jr. Foundation.

“We are so excited to join forces with H-E-B and the Raul Tijerina Jr. Foundation to bring education and a focus on conservation to the classrooms of the Rio Grande Valley,” Sea Turtle Inc. Executive Director Wendy Knight stated. “During these unprecedented times, H-E-B continues to invest in the community and is helping Sea Turtle, Inc. bring our mission of rehabilitation, education and conservation to the digital classroom.”

According to the announcement, each learning experience will consist of a live, interactive video presentation with a Sea Turtle, Inc. educator, followed by a visit with some of the facility’s current patients and residents.

Fred the loggerhead, Allison the Atlantic green sea turtle and Surrectus are some patients and residents that will join the educators.

Some topics for the virtual learning programs include — rescue and rehabilitation, sea turtle life and marine debris.

According to the announcement, all programs include classroom activities that align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Educators who qualify for the free virtual learning programs may contact Sea Turtle, Inc. Education Director Khrystyne Jamerson at [email protected].

Sea Turtle, Inc. personnel stated that they are thrilled to have received grant money and help in achieving their mission of building the next generation of conservationists.

According to H-E-B Senior Manager of Public Affairs Linda Tovar, the company strongly believes in the power of nature enhancing the lives of everyone, especially youth in the Valley.

“H-E-B is proud to support Sea Turtle, Inc. and its ongoing efforts to educate, inspire and care for our natural world,” she stated. “Our hope is that nature is the refuge and that we can continue to teach our kids the value whether virtually or in person.”

Tovar added that H-E-B is continuing its improvement and sustainable practices in its quest for environmental excellence.

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