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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Apollo Elementary School, Titusville, Florida, USA

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Apollo Elementary School, Titusville, Florida, USA
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samiam28



Registered: December 2009
City/Town/Province: Mims
Posts: 1
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My parents have always taught me to take care of my surroundings. They told me that if you take care of something, it will last much longer than if you hadnít taken care of it. This concept is something that I practice everyday. I try my best to be conscious of how I take care of my personal belongings, as well as my environment. I find myself looking at all of the trash on the side of the road, and I wonder why other people do not take care of the environment as well. This is why I helped organize a trash clean up of a local elementary school. The road in front of the school and the large play field behind the school had noticeable trash buildup. In addition to the young children who play in the field, animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and numerous species of birds reside in the woods that adjoin the school. In addition, there are mature trees located on the school grounds and in the neighboring woods. I, along with a few friends, put on gloves, grabbed trash bags, and picked up trash along the road in front of the school and in the field behind the school. By the end of our cleanup, we each had a bag that was half to three quarters full, and the area looked spotless. The road no longer had trash accumulating in the gutter and no trash could be seen in the field. I felt a lot better knowing that the kids who attend that school along with the animals that live in the woods would be better off now that the trash was gone. It is important to take care of this area because the children at the school are going to take notice of the difference we made, and that will make them more aware of how important it is to take care of their surroundings. One day, one of those kids might be inspired by the work that we did and start a trash clean up of their own. Also, the animals that live in the surrounding area will not have garbage encroaching on their habitat, and their lives will no longer be in danger. This trash clean up has added to my appreciation of the things around me. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with my friends while doing something that only benefited the area around us. I am going off to college next fall and it would be really awesome to do another clean up at the college I am going to attend. I plan on improving upon my sense of appreciation for the environment, because if each of us does not do their part, it will not last forever.
Date: December 28, 2009 ∑ Views: 2883 ∑ File size: 37.3kb, 495.5kb: 2500 x 1662 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 12
Volunteers: 6
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 to 18
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 2
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 13.5
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