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protecting and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles

In Englewood, Florida Lemon Bay High School student Zander Srodes, age 16, has been giving lectures about sea turtles to children since he was 11. His passion for protecting and raising awareness for endangered sea turtles that nest along the local coastlines inspired Zander to write and publish a 20-page children’s activity book titled “Turtle Talks.” Zander gives his interactive presentation at schools, libraries, and nature events across Florida. Zander eventually approached the Lemon Bay High School Spanish club to help translate the activity book in order to bring sea turtle conservation to Spanish speaking students. Funding from Captain Planet Foundation helped Zander along with his classmates, create a tour of presentations for predominantly Hispanic elementary schools with high numbers of English language learners.

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