Oak Knoll fifth grader working to save the tigers

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 17, 2016

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Update: Naomi raised over $600 for Tigers Forever at the Farmers Market on March 20, and one anonymous donor gave her $100 to create a GoFundMe site. She wants to thank everyone who contributed and was amazed at people’s generosity.

There’ll be a new face at the Farmers Market this Sunday in Menlo Park. Naomi, a fifth grader at Oak Knoll School, will be there selling her handmade wares in order to raise money for the nonprofit, Tigers Forever, a program of Panthera. Working at key sites across Asia, the goal is to increase tiger numbers by at least 50% over a 10-year period.

Naomi’s interest in tigers began about a year ago. Last December she started working on various items to sell at the market to help save the tigers. She made buttons on Zazzle, painted acrylic pictures of tigers, did sculptures of tigers and made some tiger ears and tails.

She’s also done a lot of reading about the endangered animal as well as viewed documentaries.

“My goal is to raise $200,” she says. “One of my friends from school, Coral, is going to help me.”

Stop by and visit with Naomi, you’ll learn something about tigers and see firsthand what the determination of one young girl can net.

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