Anna Rose Timm was inspired by the beauty of the Apalachicola River and Bay to clean up her own river back in Georgia.

Day Magee and her son Davis met Timm when Davis was only 7 years old and Anna was 10.

Davis was having trouble learning to read and Anna’s father, Scott Timm, was a reading facilitator. Scott, who suffered from a learning disorder himself, left a successful career in transportation to become a reading coach.

At 7, Davis was the youngest student Scott had accepted but the boy made spectacular progress. Day Magee said Scott was the catalyst that turned Davis’ studies around.

Scott became an important part of Davis’ life, attending sports events and school conferences.

The next year, Day invited Scott and his family to use her beach house for a week and, in exchange, Scott mentored Davis. The Magees and the Timms became fast friends and Anna Rose and her parents have returned at least once a year since.

Anna Rose, Davis and Scott loved to visit the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Center (ANERR) and participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day on the island for several years. Scott and Anna Rose also volunteered for Estuary Day.

 “She’s always been conscious of litter and picked things up when we were at the beach,” Scott Timm said.

Anna Rose is now 18 and graduated from high school this year. Each of the students in her class carried out a senior project.

Inspired by ANERR and her love of the natural world, Anna Rose chose to host her own environmental initiative. With help from about 30 friends, Timm organized a clean-up of the Little River, a tributary of the Etowah, in Groegia north of Atlanta. Scott Timm said she recruited volunteers, procured supplies and even arranged for lunch to be served when the work was done.

Anna Rose has been accepted by the University of Georgia and plans a career in environmental engineering