Olivia and Carter were recently invited to come and present at the Northwood Elementary School. School Principal Dr. Ritu Ahuja, and Asst. Principal Ms. Nikol Boyd, invited the kids to come and share their story about how they started OMG and about their latest initiative the Rhino Letter Writing Campaign.
The presentation was scheduled for first thing in the morning and the kids needed to get up by 5:00AM in order to make it to the school which is all the way on the northside of Atlanta. Carter and Olivia worked hard preparing for the big event. They have made many presentations over the past 3 years but this was their largest audience of their peers. As we set up and completed our sound-checks, the auditorium began to fill with bright-eyed students who were all anxiously looking on stage at Carter and Olivia and wondering what they had in-store for them.
Before we knew it, the auditorium was filled with over 750 students and all their teachers and school faculty. Olivia and Carter were a bit nervous at first but as soon as they started, the entire auditorium became completely silent as all the students listened intently.
The students all had note pads with them and they jotted down questions they had for us as they learned about the severity of Rhino poaching in South Africa. After the presentation was complete, Olivia and Carter fielded as many questions as they could before the students had to return to their regular classes. We collected all the questions that we never got to answer and Olivia and Carter spent the next week, personally writing down the answers to all the questions.
We have created a 22-page document with all the questions and our answers which can be downloaded here:
We also received a video from two students who were in the audience and were so moved by Olivia and Carter’s presentation that they went straight home that evening and asked their parents if they could make a YouTube video about what they learned and their feelings on the subject. I hope you like their video as much as we did and we will be showing this to President Zuma as well when we meet with him.