The annual "winterim" trip to San Diego taken by the seventh and eighth graders at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, Colo., will be missing one element this year. The students will no longer be visiting SeaWorld, thanks to the efforts of one intrepid eighth grader named Phoebe Goldstein.
Goldstein, a longtime opponent of whale and dolphin captivity, had heard of other schools nearby that took field trips to the marine park. When she heard that her own school was planning a trip, she was shocked - and driven to action.
"As soon as I heard about this, I immediately contacted my mom and told her how upset I was," Goldstein told The Dodo. "I just knew I could not let my school go to SeaWorld."
Goldstein immediately contacted the head of her school and the trip's organizer.
"We discussed how our school wouldn't benefit by going to SeaWorld and supporting this atrocious issue," she said. "We also discussed how there might be other amazing activities to do on this trip instead of going to SeaWorld."