Students from Upthegrove Elementary School in Hendry County spent a day at Sanibel Sea School. 

Students from Upthegrove Elementary School in Hendry County spent a day at Sanibel Sea School. 

Sanibel Sea School was introduced to students from Mrs. Akin's class at Upthegrove Elementary last October. For the past 5 months, we've explored the ocean, learned about different marine ecosystems, and played in the waves with them - activities that kids in Hendry County, who live about an hour from the beach, don't get to do very often. Our students have had so much fun, but perhaps more importantly, they now have a greater appreciation for and understanding of the ocean. 

We won't see our Hendry County students over the summer when school is out, so until we meet again, each student has made a pledge to the ocean. We explained how important these responsibilities are and each student took the time to think of one thing that he or she could do over the summer, as an individual, to help our ocean planet. 

Here are some of their ocean pledges: 

I pledge to not use as much water as I used to.

I pledge to pick up trash in the water. -Ben

I pledge to conserve the ocean by not using straws at restaurants and by using reusable shopping bags. -Lia

I pledge to not litter in the ocean.  -Walker

I pledge to recycle my plastic water bottles. -McKenzie

I pledge to not litter in the ocean.

I pledge to create biodegradable water bottles.

I pledge not to cause pollution.

I pledge to reduce and reuse before recycling. -Narwhal

I pledge to talk to the governor about saving oceans and funding.

I pledge to keep educating youth. -Mrs. Akin

I pledge to not throw plastic in the water.

I pledge not to litter in the ocean. -Ryan (Slytherin)

I pledge to never put litter in the ocean. -Nick

I pledge to pick up litter in my neighborhood. -Krissi

I pledge to clean the beaches two times a month. -Ragan

I pledge not to drink from plastic water bottles. 

I pledge not to pollute in the ocean. -Greyson

I pledge not to leave Coke bottles in dumb places. -Jack

I pledge to recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, and glass. 

I will recycle more for the ocean.

We can't wait to see you again next year, Mrs. Akin's class! 

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