Capstone Spreads Awareness About Deforestation

More than 80% of the world’s forests have been destroyed and only 10% of original forests in the United States still remains. Those facts, discovered by the Senior Capstone Group of John Craighead, Morgan Rogers, Tim Menker and Thomas Wilimitis, ignited the students' goal to spread awareness about deforestation.

"We saw trees being cut down and I'm distantly related to Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49, so that made sense why I felt like something needed to be done," said Menker.

The group went to Our Lady of Rosary school earlier this month and shared with fourth grade students the startling facts on deforestation.

"We presented our slideshow and gave students a worksheet that had ideas on what they can do at home to stop deforestation," Wilimitis explained.

"Preparing for the presentation, I was surprised to learn that in the last 40 years, close to 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been deforested which is more than the last 450 years since European colonization began," added Menker.

The capstone group said they were pleased with ideas the students shared on how to stop deforestation.

"The students came up with good ideas and we shared those as part of our presentation at the Sister Stang Symposium," Wilimitis said.

Teresa Spanel '10, the group's mentor, commented, "The seniors chose an issue that they were passionate about and were able to show it in their presentation.  Their goal was to get to the youth and that is what they were able to do."

Posted April 21, 2016