6-Year-Old Boy Volunteers To Plant Oysters To Help Improve The Quality Of The Chesapeake Bay

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Graham Mitchell of Norfolk, Virginia decided that instead of getting a pet like a dog or a rabbit he wanted to help the animals living in the Chesapeake Bay.

That’s why he volunteered to go out on the Lafayette River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay, and plant oysters.

The planting process is part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster gardening program. Oysters can filter up to 50 gallons of water, which improves the quality of the water thus helping all living species.

At only 6-years-old he realized he could make a big difference with this decision.

“It’s kind of a big experience because they start as tiny as your pinky nail and they can grow up to the size of my two hands and they’re pretty big,” Mitchell says.

According to WTKR, Mitchell’s mom says he did all of the work himself! At the end of their trip out on the river, planters are given baby oysters to grow and bring back next year when they’re adults.

Bella is another 6-year-old who already has a huge heart because she’s helped her local animal shelter get a huge donation.

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Footage provided courtesy of WTKR (News 3 Norfolk)

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