By Amanda Lindner
More than 150 students and faculty from Commack High School gathered on the building's front lawn on Earth Day, April 22.
The group assembled in the shape of an elephant to assist in the World Wildlife Fund's efforts to combat rampant poaching of rhinos and elephants in Africa.
Signs proclaiming, "Sop Poaching Now," in five different languages surrounded the figure.
Dominick Kosciuk, whose German, French and Italian students helped to create the elephant and the banners, has conducted water bottle recycling drives with his classes since 2010.
He and his students have collected 15,000 bottles and raised $750, which was donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organization that promotes habitat and species protection. This year, inspired by a picture he saw, Kosciuk had the idea of forming the outline of an elephant and having the students stand inside to show that they support the WWF and are against poaching.
Students from the Art Club heard about this project and helped paint the signs. With the help of Assistant Principal Leslie Boritz, World Language Coordinator, LauraAnn Weiss, members of the language department, the Commack Fire Department, and Brenda Lentsch, who took the photos, Commack sent the message that Commack loves the Earth, and needs to help protect it.