Ocean Academy’s environmental awareness on Thanksgiving Day

Photos and information provided by: Ms. Joni Miller, Co-Founder/Board Member of Caye Caulker Ocean Academy.

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On November 24th, 2011, Thanksgiving Day, 62 students from Forms 1-4 of Ocean Academy accompanied by 6 Teachers, 1 school founder, 2 volunteers, 1 Magazine writer and Forest and Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) Members went about in taking environmental awareness by planting mangrove seedlings and zericote plants.  Ms. Ellen McRae led the group and provided training skills to all present.  According to Ms. Joni Miller, she says “The rationale of our choosing Thanksgiving Day to do this activity is related to our school motto “Preserving our heritage, creating our future”.  We are thankful for our environmental riches in Belize and wanted as a school to show this appreciation by giving back to the planet today, on the American Thanksgiving.”  Students were more than excited in taking a day out of their regular class schedule to learn more about environmental awareness, protection and conservation. Kudos to the Organizers and to Ms. Ellen McRae for taking the time out to teach the students the hands-on of planting mangrove seedlings.

Here are a few photos to highlight this activity:

Student with zericote plant

Welcome sign painted by students of Ocean Academy

Wading out to plant

Saira with the O’Reilly mangrove casings

FAMRACC Ranger station on Caye Caulker

planting zericote

planting mangrove

planting of mangrove propugules

Ms. Ellen explaining the O’Riley method of planting mangrove propugules

burning of dead coconut tree branches

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