Do you know a “kid Making a difference” for the sharks?
If so we want to hear more about them.

Caleb and Matthew

One afternoon fifth grader Caleb was reading a book about sharks with Ms. Sarah, a site coordinator with Communities In Schools of North West North Carolina. The book talked about endangered sharks and the ways you could help them. “Next day I brought a box to collect money to help the sharks. Next, my friend Matthew came on board and he brought a box. With permission, we went on our school’s morning news and visited classrooms talking about Shark Conservation, and hung posters. Every student who brought one dollar would be entered to win a National Geographic 3 D-Shark puzzle. We were happy to get participants and we raised almost $80 and want Shark Research Institute to have it.”

Thank you Caleb and Matthew!!


In 2010,  SRI member Nate, a 7th grader, facilitated a fundraiser at his school, raising $431 for SRI. This year he asked his school advisor and principal for permission to do the same again, and they agreed. The school has a uniform dress code, and each student who donated $1 to the shark awareness fundraiser was allowed to have an “out of dress code day”. This year, Nate’s fundraiser raised more than more than $100 for SRI’s research and conservation programs.



“For my birthday, I decided to ask for donations to adopt a whale shark. After receiving $60 in donations (in lieu of gifts), my parents offered to donate the rest so that I can adopt a whale shark for my lifetime. I know that sharks are really important and I am excited about learning more about them.” … André

Thank you to Patrick and the Students from Hayward Shoreline Int. Center for gathering No Finning signatures.


Zachary just turned eight and decided that he didn’t need any gifts but the sharks of the world (especially great white sharks) need some help. He asked his friends not to give him a gift at his party and instead pool their resources to help the sharks. They did, and Zachary donated $153 to SRI’s conservation program.


William is 6 years old and won first place, the gold medal at his school’s Science Fair held on February 21.
He presented his project in front of 4 judges and each one was very impressed. When asked by one of the judges if the Great White eats humans, he answered: “Scientists think that the Great White Sharks don’t like the taste of humans because they usually take one bite and then swim away”!

He has learned so much about the Great White Shark and I hope his passion of the GWS follows him throughout his life!

Robin Culler and her shark finatics

Robin Culler and her Shark Finatics held 6 days of fundraising to raise money for shark conservation. They shared their knowledge of sharks with hundreds of people and got over 250 signatures to “stop finning”. The children are thrilled to have adopted a whale shark! They vow to continue teaching others about sharks and will remain supporters of SRI.

Victoria (Tori)

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13, publishes a magazine about sharks for kids. Tori, told visitors about the plight of sharks at Adventure Aquariums and Beneath the Sea, and hundreds of visitors signed Stop Finning cards. INSET: Tori with one of the jackets she sells to raise funds for SRI’s shark conservation program.



I have an amazing five-year-old boy, one of four children, that is determined to change peoples’ minds about sharks being scary. He spent part of his birthday money Kyle in June of 07 to sponsor Aidan (one of your whale sharks) and is in the process of raising the $100 needed to sponsor Aidan for his lifetime. I think after selling Valentine’s Day chocolates, he is just over $50. Kyle has put together a Sharks educational program and has taken it out into our community here in Pomfret, MD. I am a Educator with the Humane Society of Charles County and Kyle has gone out twice so far with me to present his shark program. His third program is scheduled for the end of March. For being only 5, this young man is truly an amazing advocate for sharks, especially Whale Sharks. His big wish at this moment is to make a trip to the Georgia Aquarium that has Whale Sharks so that he can see them “up close”.
So to the point, thank you for what you do!
You have inspired my son and I am blessed to see his passion.
Sincerely, Karen (Kyle’s mom)

Terrace Elementary School

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The 2nd & 5th graders of Terrace Elementary School held a “Shark Fundraiser”, adopted 9 whale sharks, and collected more than 100 signed Stop Finning cards. Kevin
and Dana and their friends, Jake, Tommy and Bobby, worked on the fundraiser.


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16, is an underwater videographer. Michael joined an SRI expedition to LaPaz and produced a film on whale sharks.


17, underwater filmmaker and diver, produced a documentary film highlighting the role of sharks in the marine ecosystem and exposing the cruelty of shark finning.

Second-grade students at Granton Elementary School

hosted a bake sale, made posters, collected hundreds of Stop Finning cards, adopted two whale sharks and donated the proceeds of their bake sale to SRI’s shark conservation program.