St. Pete 4th grader named TIME Kid of the Year finalist for his dedication to saving the oceans

A St. Pete student is making a difference to protect the environment and now he has received special recognition from Time Magazine.

Miles Fetherston-Resch is a 4th grade student at Shorecrest Preparatory School. Despite his age, the 9-year-old boy already has his own brand and his own business.

Miles is the founder of Kids Saving Oceans, which he started when he was 6 years old.

“I saw litter on the beach and thought adults were doing something about it, why not me? So I discussed it with my mum and came up with the idea of ​​creating a company,” Miles said.

Kids Saving Oceans sells sustainably sourced products such as hats, shirts, stickers and more to raise awareness of ocean pollution and the importance of protecting marine habitats.

“One choice can make a difference and if you add up all the little choices, you can really get something big,” Miles said. He adds that his organization also raises funds to support organizations that help save our oceans.

Miles says to date he has raised over $25,000.

All the while co-authoring a children’s book that inspires its readers, you’re never too young to make a difference.

Miles’ accomplishments were recognized by Time Magazine, which recently named him a finalist for Kid of the Year.

Miles Fetherston-Resch, 4th grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School, TIME Kid of the Year

“It was one of the happiest times of my life and I felt really proud of myself,” Miles said, adding “I feel like I really made a difference in the world.”

The honor granted to only 20 young leaders in the country.

And Miles says he’s not stopping there. He has big goals for his marine conservation mission: to raise $1 million by the time he turns 18.

To learn more about Kids Saving Oceans, visit Miles’ website,

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