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Saving the Whales

It wasn’t a scheduled part of their 10-day service learning trip to South Africa, but an impromptu project that was literally hands-on proved memorable for some Providence Day students.

The nine students, who went with six faculty/staff on the spring break trip, happened to stay on Noordhoek Beach -- where 19 pilot whales beached themselves. Students and sea rescue personnel worked for three hours to save the whales. Among them, from left: juniors Rachel Rolband, Ansley Calandra, Bayley Cron and Taylor Dowell.

“Going into this trip, I knew that I was going to get to do some amazing things,” Bayley said. “But as a lifelong animal lover, getting the opportunity to help save the lives of the beached Pilot whales was more incredible than I could have possibly imagined. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.”

Karen Brand, director of strategic marketing and communications for the school, said one of the whales the students worked on made it back into the ocean successfully.

The group traveled to South Africa as part of the school’s Global Education program.

Reid Creager

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