Ardmore’s Kramer Brothers Receive President’s Environmental Youth Award


Ardmore brothers Devin and Roldan Kramer have received the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for their efforts in saving frogs and toads.

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ardmore brothers Devin and Roldan Kramer with the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for K-5 grade levels.

The award is given to exceptional students who have demonstrated creativity, innovation and leadership when addressing difficult environmental challenges.

The brothers came up with their project after noticing that the growing number of mosquitos in their area was due to the declining number of frogs, and toads. The Ardmore then discovered that when the local swimming pool was drained each April, the tadpoles living in the pool died before they could mature.

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So last year, Devin and Roldan took around 2,000 tadpoles from the pool and raised them in an aquarium system so they could mature into frogs and toads. When the saved amphibians were released into nature, the brothers saw a significant decrease in the number of mosquitoes, while other species such as birds and fish thrived.

“We are pleased to honor these impressive young leaders, who demonstrate the impact that a few individuals can make to protect our environment,” said EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt.

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