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Canon hosts book launch with student authors

Canon U.S.A., recently hosted a celebration for student authors from Candlewood Middle School in the Half Hollow Hills School District to commemorate the launch of their book “Poseidon Gets Rescued.”

The book, written and illustrated by the Candlewood Middle School Science Olympiad team, tells the story of what the students’ learned in their afterschool program with the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) in Riverhead. 

The students learned how to identify a cold stunned turtle on the beach, how it is rescued and cared for by the rescue center and eventually set free back into the ocean. They named their rescued turtle Poseidon, releasing it at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays last summer. Since then, students and marine biologists have been tracking Poseidon’s progress from Long Island down the East Coast to northern Florida. 

The annual NYMRC program is sponsored by Canon U.S.A. as part of its ongoing efforts to increase awareness about marine conservation, according to a company statement. Canon announced that it has printed 150 copies of the book to be sold at the NYMRC, a local shop in Riverhead called A Book Place, and at the Islip MacArthur Airport gift shop. All proceeds from the sale of the NYMRC’s book will go toward supporting the work of the NY Marine Rescue Center. 

“To have our students be involved in the process of seeing how to save the lives of turtles and other marine life here on the Island and also to have the opportunity to create something that will educate others is a dream come true,” Pamela Higgins, principal of Candlewood Middle School, said in the statement. “We thank Canon U.S.A. and the NYMRC for giving our students the ability to grow and to learn about this different aspect of science.”

NYMRC is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Its mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research. Since its inception in 1996, the New York Marine Rescue Center has rescued more than 6,000 animals.

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