While news of BP's efforts to cap the oil gusher in the Gulf Coast continued to make headlines last week, 11th-graders at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were busy Thursday afternoon raising more than $3,000 for wildlife rescue efforts.
The carnival-like fundraiser at La Cañada's Memorial Park is the year-end project of the high school's advanced placement environmental science classes.
The annual mandatory projects are decided after advanced placement tests in May.
"It's awesome how it's just a couple of us brainstorming an idea," said Serena Morris, 16.
Planning for the fundraiser began about three weeks ago, said environmental science instructor Mary Schnieders, a project advisor.
The fundraiser is the culmination of efforts from several blocks of environmental science classes at the school.
The students had just two weeks to organize the fundraiser, which included advertising on social networking sites, booking the entertainment, obtaining the raffle prizes and coordinating donations of food from three local eateries.