updated 11/15/2013 AT 3:15 PM ET
•originally published 11/15/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
It sounds like a Free Willy sequel: A group of first graders from Tom Williams Elementary in North Las Vegas, Nev., are working together to release a killer whale named Morgan, who’s captive in a small tank in Spain. Morgan’s plight has attracted the attention of activists worldwide for the past three years, but teacher Robin Vircsick’s class of kids may be the whale’s youngest allies.
After learning of Morgan’s cramped conditions, the kids started writing letters (amassing more than 100), crafting songs and making pictures to raise awareness about the animal’s struggle.
This group of compassionate first-graders and the rest of the world will learn what’s next for Morgan after a Dec. 3 hearing in the Netherlands.