As part of their study of power, Aurora’s 2nd and 3rd graders are exploring their power to make change. After learning that a big company plans to pave over the wetlands in Redwood City, students wrote letters to Redwood City Council, the Oakland Tribune, the Montclarion, the Army Corp of Engineers, Save the Bay, and Cargill’s CEO, to use their power and voice their opinion.

Dont Pave My Bay

Their teachers have since been receiving many emails and finding the letters published in various newspapers and on Facebook. They also received a kind letter of support from Redwood City’s City Council and mayor. Sharing all of this with the students this week has been extremely exciting and rewarding. They have been able to see first hand how they can start discussions, attempt to make change, and use their powers to positively affect our world.

The most exciting part of all this is that Cargill’s CEO in Minnesota forwarded the letters to Cargill’s offices here in California, and a representative from Cargill is coming in to give a presentation about the company, the planned development site, and answer our students’ questions. A representative from Save the Bay will also be coming in that week. We feel it is important for the kids to hear from both sides. Before the visits their teachers will be preparing the students in a variety of ways, drafting meaningful questions and teaching how one can respectfully disagree.

What follows are letters published in the Monclarion.

I’m in second grade at Aurora School. We visited the Hayward shoreline. I remember all of the birds that live there and visited.

I want to tell you something about another wetland that needs to be saved in Redwood City. Cargill is a company that wants to pave over the wetlands. Please spread the news.

Zoe Kennedy
Aurora School Oakland

Don’t allow Cargill to pave wetlands

I have some facts to tell you: Cargill is trying to pave the bay, but I want to stop them.

Wetlands are important because wetlands help prevent floods by soaking up extra water like a sponge.

The Redwood City salt ponds are 1,400 acres, 24,800 birds visit the salt ponds annually.

Alden Gates
Aurora School Oakland