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Schools - September 19, 2018

Jane Goodall visits Ladera's Woodland School

Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and anthropologist, visited Woodland School in Ladera on Sept. 12, spending time with Woodland first-graders who have been involved in her Roots & Shoots youth service program.

Goodall, who first visited Africa in 1960 at the age of 26 and became the world's foremost expert on wild chimpanzees through her observations and research, also spoke to Woodland's student body, faculty, staff and parents.

The first-graders showed Goodall their plans to build a garden, and how they mapped Woodland's campus and learned about their environment. They asked Goodall questions ranging from how she started working with chimpanzees to what stuffed animal she brought with her.

"I felt so special that she came to learn about our project, and even gave us some advice (to have fun)," one first-grade student said.

With the larger group, Goodall shared stories of her childhood and life work and encouraged Woodland students to take action. She explained her reasons for hope for the future, and told students how they can make a difference, specifically through her Roots & Shoots program.

Marja Brandon, Woodland's head of school, said that with her visit Goodall empowered the school "to carry her work forward. ... We have to believe it is not too late."

"Woodland students are her stewards of the future. They have to be if her work is to live on, and we are all to succeed in these efforts," Brandon said.

Roots & Shoots was founded in 1991 by Goodall with the mission of fostering respect and compassion for all living things, promoting understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and inspiring individual action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.