Home Education Destin High School “Reef Rangers” make an impact

Destin High School “Reef Rangers” make an impact

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center was graciously awarded a $1,500 check from the Destin High School “Reef Rangers” on Thursday, December 21st.


In a dynamic leadership class led by Ms. Tucker at Destin High School, students embarked on a mission to make a tangible impact on their community. Encouraged to align their efforts with local nonprofits, the nine students chose the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center as the focal point of their class project, driven by their shared passion for water-related causes.

Throughout the fall semester, these students orchestrated multiple successful fundraising campaigns, generating a commendable $1,500. Simultaneously, they delved into the intricacies of sea turtle conservation, gaining a profound understanding of the crucial role played by the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center as a sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.

Eisley Ingram, a student at Destin High School, shared, “We’re just a group of kids, but we wanted to make a change in the community and thought that this would be a really cool way to do it.”

The climax of their efforts came on Thursday, December 21st, when class members personally delivered a $1,500 check to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center.

Expressing gratitude, Tabitha Siegfried, the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Stranding Coordinator, remarked, “I’m so grateful for these students. This donation will be used well for our current sea turtle patients, but what the class has learned this semester about conservation extends far beyond the money they’ve raised.”

During the check presentation, Siegfried encouraged the class to share their newfound knowledge about sea turtle conservation with friends and family, amplifying the impact of their project and contributing to the ongoing efforts to protect and save local sea turtles.

Branding themselves as the “Reef Rangers,” the DHS leadership class emerges not just as part-time turtle savers but as full-time leaders, embodying a spirit of commitment to both conservation and leadership.