Second-graders at Foley Elementary School and Florence Mathis Elementary School had a chance to discuss sea turtles with author Linda Spangrud. She talked with children about the need to not disturb sea turtles when they come on to local beaches to lay their eggs and the need to protect turtle nests until the eggs hatch. Holes dug on the beach, trash and lights that can disorient baby turtles trying to find their way to the Gulf at night are among the hazards facing hatchlings. Spangrud gave copies of her book “Miss Sandra and the Turtle People,” to second graders at both schools. She said more than 400 Alabama “turtle people,” help protect turtles and new nests each year as part of the Share the Beach program.

Foley Mayor Ralph Hellmich and Alabama Credit Union sponsored the event.