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Beach Clean-up a Success!

We have something really special and we need to take care of it,” says Sophia Christian, an 8th grader at Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids. 

Today students around the world and here in Northern Michigan are learning about the importance of Earth Day. Some stay inside and discuss what’s going on in the world around us, others like the 7th and 8th graders at Cherryland Middle school, head out and make a difference.

7th/8th grade Science Teacher, Kwin Morris compares Earth Day to a birthday.  “On that day you give it more attention – you give it some love and I think everyone coming together and doing something a little more than what they usually do can make a huge impact.”

The 7th and 8th graders planted a tree on school grounds, made some seedlings to take home and then went to the beach to clean up trash and learn about invasive species.

James Dake, the Education Director at the Grass River Natural Area says, “They’re going to be picking up trash and debris that’s collected throughout the winter and putting it into trash bags and helping us pull some invasive species that spread throughout the Dan beach.”

By using their two hands, the students are learning more and more just how lucky we are to call Northern Michigan home.

“When you grow up here you don’t really appreciate the water and then when you move away and see that this is the only place where there’s abundant – fresh and clean unpolluted water,” says Morris.

Simple gestures like keeping an eye out for invasive species or picking up trash can make a huge difference.