On Sunday, Dec. 23, Heidi Montgomery and members of Students Against Plastic Pollution (SAPP) bagged groceries and sold cupcakes at the Apalachicola Piggly Wiggly to raise money for a billboard reminding people not to litter.
Since the beginning of the school year, Montgomery and about a dozen of her students have met twice a month to collect trash. Last spring, they raised $1,400 to post a sign on the Eastpoint waterfront for three months reminding people that plastic pollution is a problem.
The group was not able to raise enough money to keep that billboard in place, but they are working hard to post another reminder.
The Apalachicola Rotary Club and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve each donated several hundred dollars for the first sign and both have promised support for the new sign as well.
Montgomery said she is seeking funds or suggestions for fundraisers.
Other projects Montgomery would like to see funded include a “bring your own bag” incentive program at local grocery stores, installation of filtered water bottle fillers for the schools so kids will have options other than disposable water bottles and the sale of metal water bottles and canvas shopping bags with the SAPP logo to raise funds. They hope that a business or individual will come forward to provide seed money for one or more of these initiatives.
SAPP doesn’t have a logo yet and they are looking for an artist to design one pro bono.