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7 year old homeschooler: Junior Wildlife Champion with big plans to save oceans – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com

For anyone who follows the doings of homeschoolers, it should not come as a surprise that Gavin Lewis is only seven, but already has some nice accolades to his name.

The youngster from Phoenix found his passion for oceans when he discovered how much trash is on the beaches and in the water, and how deadly that can be for the wildlife.  He deveoped a website, RescuingtheOcean.com with his mother’s typing assistance.  Features on the site include:

  • A magnet project of bottle caps with sea-themed scenes,a fundraising effort to send to Surfrider Foundation andOceana.org to help with their continuing action and awareness efforts for preserving the oceans
  • Pictures, statistics and action items for the damage that is being caused to the oceans through trash dumping.
  • Endangered marine life updates
  • Legislative issues regarding ocean ecology matters
  • Ways to live “green”.

At age six, Gavin entered Nick Jonas’s Give Back. Simply Wins contest for which he had to answer these questions:

  • Which local cause/charityorganization/movement are you passionate about and why?
  • How are you currently making a difference for your cause?
  • If your entry was selected and you won the Grand Prize, how would you want the $5000 to be spent by the cause/charityorganization/movement and why?

Gavin had already been involved in beach cleanup projects and fundraising endeavors, and declared his goal for the winnings would be to help pass a law to eliminate bottom trawling of the oceans and rivers.

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