Local students demonstrated their support to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida by donating more than $300 to the von ArJoanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, with The Village School of Naples student, Kea Shindle.x Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. The 4th grade class at The Village School of Naples, led by Class President Kea Shindle, recently visited the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center for a field trip, where they were able to present their donation to Rob Moher, president and CEO of Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital.

Shindle, the daughter of a former panther biologist for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, ran for her position as student class president on the “wildlife” ticket. This positioning led the 4th grade class to make their donation to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which treats more than 3,300 sick, injured and orphaned animals every year.

“We’d like to give a huge thank you to all of the 4th graders at The Village School of Naples,” Moher said. “These students are setting a wonderful example for their peers and for the entire community, and we are grateful and honored to receive their support.”

For more information, or to make a donation to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital, visit www.conservancy.org/helpwildlife.

About the ConservanThe Village School of Naples’ 4th grade class cy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.