Seahawk crew tackles plastic pollution

Deborah Dempsey and Laura Gallegos display the Seahawks bracelet they collected on the beach. Photo available for purchase

Deborah Dempsey and Laura Gallegos display the Seahawks bracelet they collected on the beach.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM.

 

Students against Plastic Pollution (SAPP) is on a mission. Science teacher Heidi Montgomery and her students are working to raise awareness about trash, especially in and around Apalachicola Bay .

Since the beginning of the school year, Montgomery and about a dozen of her students have met twice a month to collect litter. Last term, they raised $1,400 to post a sign on the Eastpoint waterfront for three months reminding people that plastic pollution is a problem.

On Friday, the sign came down and the group is once again seeking donations to post another billboard. Montgomery said she was disappointed they weren’t able to raise enough funds to save the first sign, “but it wasn’t a very good location,” she said.

The Apalachicola Rotary Club and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve each donated several hundred dollars for the first sign. Montgomery said she is seeking funds again 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 a filtered water bottle filler for the school 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.

By the way, the organization doesn’t have a logo yet and they are looking for an artist to design one pro bono.



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