Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

MS Students Support Ocean Guardians Project

by Danielle Parrott, Seventh Grade Science Teacher
Seventh graders Nithya N and Lottie B enjoy baking and had an impromptu bake sale to raise money for the Ocean Guardians project. The girls earned over $90 in one day selling their baked goods. Mrs. Jeakle and Ms. Parrott will use the funds to purchase scales and other items needed (buckets, picker-uppers, batteries, etc.) to spread their environmental work throughout the Middle School. Thanks to these thoughtful Chargers, a scale has already been ordered for fifth and sixth graders because they have started weekly trash pick-ups as part of their Community Time. 

Lottie B explained how their fundraiser started. “We were talking about what we like, to get to know each other better. And we both came across baking and we were kind of bored so we asked our parents what we should do. Nithya's mom suggested that we do a bake sale! Nithya and I thought this was a fantastic idea, but we wanted to do it for a cause. We thought of the Ocean Guardian project at school. So we put our gloves and masks on and started to bake. While the cookies were baking, we designed posters. My sister and her friend wanted to help us. We took the cookies and water and put them in a cooler [and walked through the neighborhood.] For the first 10 minutes everyone was ignoring us. Then we were so excited because a car stopped. It was my grandma and she donated. Then we started getting more people. I remember specifically a lady who had a parrot and she was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the end we raised approximately 90 dollars. We had a lot of fun with it. And I think we will do this more if we get together again!” 

Lottie also raised $6,257 for Feeding Tampa Bay over the summer by selling paintings online with friends.

"Since the beginning of the year, Middle Schoolers have removed 41.5 lbs of marine debris from the school campus. A few students have also opted to do their own neighborhood trash pick-ups and have brought in 25 more pounds of trash. They are doing amazing work!" added an enthusiastic Ms. Parrott. 

In related news, the seventh and eighth graders did a trash audit for Break Free From Plastic. They collected 363 pieces of trash and recorded the brand names on the trash. This was part of a global audit by volunteers with 49 countries across 6 continents represented. The data collected is used to shift the narrative of consumers being responsible for trash and recycling to holding certain producers of products fiscally responsible for collecting, managing and recycling or composting products after consumer use. The Chargers recently received a thank you video from Break Free From Plastic for their efforts.

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