Southport Middle School students have been working on a number of service projects this year. For their service project, the Hawks team chose to raise funds and collect donations to benefit Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce.

As part of the service learning project, the students have been collecting blankets, food, toys, etc. to donate to the sanctuary. In addition, each month students have been finding ways to raise money in hopes of adopting a chimp.  At the end of the year they are planning be make piñatas and stuff them with tasty treats for the chimps. Pictured is Charles Medwick with a box of donations he brought from home.

According to the Save the Chimps website, there are nearly 250 retired chimpanzees that live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands and a donation of $300 will provide one week of care for an adopted chimp. This complete care includes three fresh and nutritious meals of fruits and vegetables daily, loving care from the staff, maintenance of their beautiful island homes, and enrichment activities to fulfill their lives.

To read more about this one of a kind chimpanzee sanctuary you can go to their website at:  https://www.savethechimps.org