Milliken Environmental Speakers John, Molly Cribb talk conservation

Spartanburg Day School welcomed alumnus John Cribb and his daughter Molly on Wednesday as the 7th annual Milliken Environmental speakers, a program made possible through the generosity of an endowment established by one of our school's founders, Roger Milliken.

"Each year we invite a speaker to campus to educate our students about an environmental issue and to inspire them to better stewards of the environment," said Upper School teacher Bonnie Webster. "This is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Roger Milliken's endowed fund. Mr. Milliken's legacy as a pioneer in sustainability continues through this annual event."

John and Molly, a freshman at Furman University, shared with Middle and Upper School students their three-year journey from Spartanburg to the South Carolina coast by water. Their roughly 300 mile trek spread over 17 day trips was an opportunity to raise awareness for conservation. The Cribbs told students about they journey by kayak, jon boat, pontoon and sail boat along the Broad, Congaree, Santee and Cooper Rivers. They showed photographs of bald eagles, alligators, Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies, national parks, dolphins and submerged pre-Civil War barges.

Following their presentation to students, Molly presented a $500 check (half of the money they raised) to SPACE (the Spartanburg Area Conservancy), a nonprofit that protects and conserves land for Spartanburg area citizens, volunteer landowners, and visitors by building strong relationships within the community through positive outreach.

Milliken Environmental Speakers John, Molly Cribb talk conservation