Last week, over 30 members of the Deep Creek community gathered to conduct a second trash clean up. Led by Brittney Maxey, Educational Programs and Youth Action Island Summit Volunteer, and Georgie Burruss, Flats Ecology and Conservation Team intern, the team tackled the back road of Deep Creek.
Many of the participants were children from the Deep Creek Primary School. They worked tirelessly through the heat and mosquitos to fill two pick up truckloads of trash. The team saved all of the plastics, which will be used to make plastic art during the Plastic Youth Summit next weekend. Some pieces of trash were immediately repurposed, such as buckets and tires to be used as planters.
Many of the children were eager to prevent trash from ending up on the ground in the future, coming up with ideas to mitigate littering in their community. They were thrilled to see how clean the road became, demonstrating all their hard work. Special thanks to the Cape Eleuthera Foundation in supporting the event and providing bags, gloves, and the pick up truck.
At the end of April, over 40 local community members, from Deep Creek and surrounding settlements, joined CEI’s gardening crew to help them collect seaweed and Casuarina needles for the garden. The seaweed and pine needles will be used as mulch to help protect plants from the hot weather. Seaweed also enriches the soil, acting as a natural fertilizer. It is a great use of local resources to help the garden continue to thrive!
After all of the containers were filled, it was time for a well deserved dip in the ocean and some swimming lessons. The primary school has expressed interest in future swimming lessons for the summer that CEI is currently trying to organize.
Huge thanks goes out to Luanette, Alexio, Britney, James, Grace, Georgie, Brendan, Adrian & Alannah, who all came out and helped support the Deep Creek Primary ‘Eating Garden’ trip to Red Bay.