Eleven-year-old Avery Kimble raised $475.00 for the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society through an endangered species silent art auction that she coordinated as part of a combined program of homeschool and public school students earlier this year. A fifth grade student attending a home school co-op at The Stoneworks Learning Center in Honesdale, Avery organized the auction in response to a challenge issued to her by Dr. Rebecca Ballentine, MS Ed., MD, to identify and address an area of concern in her local community.
“I wanted to research endangered animals, but wondered if they were really something I could consider a local concern,” says Avery. “While researching, I became aware of HB-1576, better known as The Endangered Species Coordination Act, which threatens to remove wildlife expert’s authority to decide which species are protected and hand that authority to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission,” she continues. “Did you know the rare Northern Flying Squirrel is an endangered species in PA whose habitat includes Wayne County? I didn’t,” said Avery during her presentation on May 27th at the Cooperage on Main St. in Honesdale.
Avery also took the opportunity to present her thoughts on supporting environmental causes on a biblical basis. “My thoughts about endangered species stem from my thoughts about the God who made them,” said Avery. “God gave us dominion over the earth and instructed us to care for it. He cares about the environment and holds us accountable for its sustained management.”
Avery is the daughter of Ed and Nancy Kimble of Honesdale. Thank you, Avery!