Island School students leave campus charged with the energy to want to apply what they learned to make a difference in the world. Turns out that some of the best role models for our graduates are...their parents!

Yesterday Kirsten Dawson (parent F'04, F'06, F'08), Linda Cabot (parent S'11, S'13) and Molly Cramer (parent S'08) attended the Women Working for Oceans (W2O) "Leave only Footprints" event at the New England Aquarium in Boston to learn from marine scientists about establishing and monitoring some amazing habitat: the Phoenix Islands marine protected area in the Pacific ocean. Past events have educated on issues of ocean plastics, the impact of auto emissions on climate change and oceans, as well as "fight with your fork" (choosing sustainable seafood, eco-friendly packaging, and vegetarian option) approaches to addressing climate change. They walk the talk too - the vegetarian lunch by the Aquarium chefs was amazing!

Women Working for Oceans always ends their lecture events with actions steps, so The Island School is too! Here are some things you can do:

  1. Tell your parents how important their support is for the things you care about. They rock!
  2. Join W2O as members, or have your parents join. We will see you at their upcoming events!
  3. Participate in this cool Island School parent-led essay contest!
  4. Do you work in marine conservation or have done some research? Share with us what you are working on by emailing alumni@islandschool.org. We want to celebrate your work!
  5. Invite your parents to the January 4th, 2014 Island School 15 Year Celebration kickoff event. We will have events especially for IS parents. If they haven't yet caught the IS fever from you, they will get inspired by the other amazing things Island School parents are doing to make a difference in the world.