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IDAHO STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS TO BUY RAIN FOREST

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They probably will never set foot on their land, but a group of Jerome High School students has bought a piece of Central American rain forest to protect it from development.

The purpose of the International Children's Rain Forest is to expand an existing preserve near Monteverde, Costa Rica, biology teacher Richard Jordan said."The kids wanted to do something about what's happening to the Earth, because the way the Earth is being treated, future generations won't have the advantages and privileges we have now," student Angie Lee said.

In the United States, the project has already raised enough money to add about 12,000 acres to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, said Jordan, who has visited the preserve twice.

The land is managed by various groups, including the World Wildlife Fund and the University of Costa Rica.

In Sweden, children collected about $500,000 for the purchase of more rain forest. To earn money, the 50-member Teens for the Restoration of the Earth's Environment, a Jerome environmental club, is selling paper chain links for 25 cents each.

The club has challenged other schools to create paper chains. In just one hour of selling at Jerome High School Friday, the club raised about $60, enough to buy one acre, Jordan said.