San Diego Charter High School Partners with OURF to Inspire Students to Save Wild Orangutans
2013 January 30- Santa Monica, CA. The non-profit organization, Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), announced today a partnership with the King Chavez Community High School (KCCHS) yesterday to further the domestic mission of OURF and enhance the educational experience of the students of the school. A letter of mutual understanding was signed by OURF President Dr. Gary Shapiro and KCCHS Principal Jeb Hubbs following productive meetings between Keith Fowler, Vice Principal of KCHHS and Dr. Shapiro.
“This new relationship provides a wonderful avenue to pilot innovative projects in the school setting-something OURF has hoped to create since its inception” said Shapiro. “It addresses an important need to involve the young generation with global issues facing us all.”
"King Chavez Community High School is honored to be partnering with the OURF in its efforts to save wild orangutans and their Indonesian rainforest home" said Keith Fowler, Vice Principal. "Our mission statement begins by saying that 'we are a local school with a global vision...', and in joining this cause we will work hard to live up to this part of the vision. We are very excited to be opening the first official San Diego chapter of the OURF and look forward to educating students, raising funds and inspiring action."
As part of the partnership, KCCHS will form a chapter of OURF and undertake activities that will support OURF’s mission of education and outreach to help save the endangered orangutan. One such activity being planned is having the students conduct a palm oil audit in their homes and local businesses as palm oil is a commodity increasingly found in consumer products and linked to orangutan decline. Another activity is creating educational installations in available public spaces to highlight the plight of the orangutan. Through the partnership, KCCHS seeks to create a linkage with a high school in Indonesia which could lead to cross-cultural opportunities for the students. Details of specific activities and initiatives will be negotiated between the two institutions to their mutual satisfaction.
KCCHS is a non-profit charter school in San Diego, California with a mission of seeking excellence in academics, the arts and athletics from a foundation of love, and a commitment to promoting social justice through educational reform while closing the achievement gap between students in the inner-city of San Diego who have been traditionally under-served and their suburban counterparts.
OURF is a non-profit conservation education organization based in Santa Monica, California with a mission of saving wild orangutans through education initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and enroll people to care enough about the species and their plight to take effective action.