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Kids’ giving helps Rookery Bay

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Erin McCool, 3, of Naples shares a touching moment with Giver at Meet the  Mascots at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday. She and many kids were sharing in the kidness of area elementary nschool students who donated to the Friends of Rookery Bay.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Erin McCool, 3, of Naples shares a touching moment with Giver at Meet the Mascots at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday. She and many kids were sharing in the kidness of area elementary nschool students who donated to the Friends of Rookery Bay.

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  • Roger LaLonde Staff
It was all about the kids on Friday at the Rookery Bay Learning Center, where kids come from all over to learn about nature and the environment. Charity for Change gave the Friends of Rookery Bay $128, raised by youngsters from Lely, Calusa Park, Golden Terrace and Lake Park elementary schools. In between Giver and Polka Dottie Batfish, from left, are Jazmin Hilgendorf, Los Angeles, Calif., Trey Chance, Clinton, N.J., Max Stabler and James Stabler of Wellston, Ohio.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff
Erin McCool, 3, of Naples shares a touching moment with Giver at Meet the  Mascots at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday. She and many kids were sharing in the kidness of area elementary nschool students who donated to the Friends of Rookery Bay.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff
Joseph Tonincaso, 6, of Naples gets some loving from Giver and Polka Dottie Batfish, Rookery Bay mascots. They and many others at the Rookery Bay Learning Center were celebrating on Friday because of a donation of $128 from kids at area grade schools who give to Charity for Change to help charitable organizations.
  • Jazmin Hilgendorf, 6, of Los Angeles, Calif., got a chance to meet Polka Dottie Batfish at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday.
  • Ethan Nolasco, 6, with brother Nathan, 5, and sister Miah, 8, all of Naples, enjoyed meeting the Friends of Rookery Bay mascots, Giver and Polka Dottie Batfish at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday.
  • Max Stabler, 4, of Wellston, Ohio, got to meet Friends of Rookery Bay mascots, Giver and Polka Dottie Batfish on Friday at the Rookery Bay Leaning Center.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff
Erin McCool, 3, of Naples shares a touching moment with Giver at Meet the  Mascots at the Rookery Bay Learning Center on Friday. She and many kids were sharing in the kidness of area elementary nschool students who donated to the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Kids celebrated at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Friday because of the generosity of area elementary schools.

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