Secular Homeschoolers of Orange County, FL Service Campaign Project

  • Location
    New Smyrna, Florida
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
  • Project created by Kim T

The Problem

We noticed that there is a lot of trash present on the roads that lead to the beach we have visited, and some on the beach itself.

Our Plan

Our homeschool group conducted a beach clean up at New Smyrna Beach, FL on May 20, 2022.

Themes Addressed

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    Dr. Jane Goodall
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    Habitat Destruction
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    Ocean Pollution & Acidification

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

Our beach clean up was a successful event! All participants were able to scan the area for trash, and in smaller groups, target smaller patches of the beach to clean up to cover a bigger area with the number of participants available. After collecting the trash, the participants learned which trash was most commonly found, and how to contribute reducing the amount of trash we produce on a daily basis. Some participants asked to organize another similar event in the future. Two thumbs up!

Through this project I/we learned:

We learned about how trash ends up in the ocean, and how we can reduce the amount of trash we produce on a daily basis. We also learned how living things and ecosystems get affected by trash when left behind.

What I/we might change:

We would choose another beach, to help out other communities, and make a difference in another nearby habitat.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

The best part was how eager and willing the participants were to help out in the clean up! They all deserve their certificates and reward as they worked hard to help and make a difference!

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

As the organizer, I made sure that there were plenty of snacks and asked participants to bring plenty of water to ensure the safety and energy of every individual. I asked the participants to share and be involved int he discussion to keep them engaged. The beach was a wonderful reward - our kids all loved the ocean. I also purchased burlap bags and reusable gardening gloves for each participant to take home and use for future clean ups. The giveaways allowed me to keep them enticed, but still instill how to reduce waste and remember to avoid single-use plastic.

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