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A second-grade student in the Halifax County School system made a recent donation to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, an act that was based on her fascination with flamingos.

Jasmine Jones, who attends Scotland Neck Leadership Academy, had taken a field trip to the park and began delving into books about the colorful birds and their role in the ecosystem — including providing oxygen for trees and eating disease-carrying insects.

Fueled by her interest in the birds as well as environmental issues, Jasmine initiated a fund-raising effort by selling snacks and seeking donations from friends and family. Through this effort she raised $110.

She presented the funds to Brent Lubbock, executive director of the park, last month. "I am deeply moved by Jasmine's compassion and determination to make a difference," he said. "Her

thoughtful contribution will undoubtedly support our conservation efforts and provide a brighter future for the birds in our care."

Superintendent Eric Cunningham said, "We are incredibly proud of Jasmine Jones for her outstanding initiative and compassionate dedication to bird conservation. Her generous contribution to Sylvan Heights exemplifies the kind of young leaders we strive to nurture in our school system.”

The superintendent said, “Jasmine's commitment to positively impacting the environment and her peers is truly inspiring. As superintendent of Halifax County Schools, I commend her for being an exceptional role model and advocating for our feathered friends' well-being. We look forward to supporting and celebrating her future endeavors as she continues to make a difference in our community and beyond."

Principal Angela Battle said, "I am beyond proud of Jasmine’s leadership and goodwill. She is inquisitive, well-mannered, and actively extends her passions outside of the classroom.”

Battle described the student’s efforts as being an example of project-based learning.

"Every small action can have a big impact," Jasmine said. "I hope my initiative encourages others to join me in preserving the beauty and importance of our feathered friends." 

Jasmine is the daughter of Tammatha Jones and granddaughter of Janice Jones. Her sister —  Ah’Niyjah Jacobs —  attends Southeast Collegiate Preparatory Academy.

Jasmine thus far has achieved perfect scores in math, reading, science, social studies, and ELA.