Second-grade ESL students at Gribbin Elementary School used money from a cafe they ran during their lunch and recess period to adopt sea animals at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research last week, according to the district.
The students organized and ran "Cafe Lindo" under the guidance of their teacher, Amy Cooke. They prepared food, waited tables, wrote checks, made change and cleaned up each day at lunchtime, raising $400 they used to adopt seals, sea turtles and dolphins that the foundation is rehabilitating or tracking.
Chobani Yogurt contibuted a donation to the project as well.
The class adopted the animals through the Riverhead Foundation's website.
All will eventually be released into the ocean from beaches on Long Island, according to the district.