Florida Prep had 11 students and 3 faculty members attend and participate in the 32nd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) on Saturday, September 15th. ICCD is a day for volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and from 100 countries worldwide to come together and participate in a cleanup event in their area.
Florida Prep students traveled to the Wabasso Causeway Park and did multiple sweeps through the north unit of the park to collect everything that ‘did not belong’. While the most common items found were bottle caps and cigarette butts, students also found random items such as children's clothing, pork rib bones, and a fork stuck in a fish!
Kendra Cope, a coastal environmental specialist for the county of Indian River and the park's site captain indicated that the recent addition of recycling containers at the park made this year's clean up easier due to many people using the containers instead of littering: a move in the right direction! She also thanked the Florida Prep students for their efforts and how seriously they took their jobs.
In addition to the International Coastal Cleanup Day Florida Prep students also participate in several other environmental studies and clean-ups efforts across Brevard County including the monitoring of fish stocks, cleaning local beaches and the making of oyster mats for the Indian River Lagoon.