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Goodall to visit Grand Island schools

The Grand Island Public Schools Roots & Shoots clubs are hosting Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, for a public presentation Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Island Senior High Auditorium.

The event is free but requires a ticket. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, February 21 at 8 a.m. at the GIPS Kneale Administration Building.

Goodall is well known for her nearly six decades of research of the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park where she made the discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools, a realization that rocked the scientific world and redefined human understanding of animals.

In 1977 Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute to advance her work around the world. In 1991 she founded Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global program that guides young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.

She now speaks about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action.

The GIPS Roots & Shoots clubs started a few years ago and are active at Dodge Elementary, Barr Middle School and Grand Island Senior High. Students in the GIPS clubs have been recognized at the state and national level for their work and research.

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