Daniel and William received the following letter from Mrs Mackey, a teacher at Marayla Public School, NSW;
It’s official, Maraylya Public School absolutely loves the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ written by brothers Daniel and William Clarke. We are a rural school situated in the Hawkesbury district and are dedicated to stopping palm oil sourced unsustainably being used in our foods, which will help save the orangutans’ habitat in Indonesia.
Mrs Mackey and class 2/3 have been reading the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ as part of the English unit incorporating sustainability. The class was so inspired by this book that they wanted to do something to help Daniel and William save the orangutans.
Mrs Mackey and the children sourced popcorn with no palm oil in it and set about, through a project-based learning approach, putting together a presentation using a PowerPoint to present to the school P&C meeting to introduce this popcorn into our canteen. The children spoke passionately to the parents and also showed them Daniel and William’s video so they could help the parents understand the plight of the orangutans. The P&C that night unanimously voted to introduce the popcorn into the school canteen. The next day the popcorn was included on the school canteen menu and immediately sold out as the whole school got behind class 2/3’s initiative to help save the orangutans.
It’s amazing how a community can have such a big heart and take on board class 2/3’s passion to help Daniel and William. Thank you to Mrs Mackey, class 2/3, the teachers, parents and children of Maraylya Public School. What an amazing feat you have achieved!
Our students will be touched by this book for the rest of their lives and we have Daniel and William Clarke to thank. Mrs Mackey and class 2/3 are now hoping for a second book.
From Daniel and William:
Thank you SO much for liking our book as well as doing so much to help save the orangutan. If only everyone had the support and guidance that you do from your teachers and family – congratulations !! We also received your letters and read through ALL of them and will write back to you all soon. Thank you also for your suggestion on what to include in our new book – we are hoping to have it ready soon !