Rollins Students Clean-Up Sydney Fisher Park

October 08, 2010

Each year on Fox Day, Rollins College takes over Sydney Fisher Park in Cocoa Beach for a festive spring semester party. Whoever thinks to wonder who cleans up after all the students go back to campus for the barbecue?

September 18, 2010 marked Rollins’ 5th year hosting International Beach Clean-Up Day, and nearly 110 students returned to Sydney Fisher Park to give back to Brevard County’s gracious beaches. In three buses, four RCCs and members of the Sustainability House and Alpha Omicron Pi, as well as a few Kappa Delta and independent do-gooders, caravanned with Assistant Professors of Biology Fiona Harper and Katie Sutherland to celebrate the Earth for International Beach Clean-Up Day.

Harper and Sutherland began the event five years ago with their RCC classes, and each year the clean-up groups quickly expanded; at one point they brought 10 buses. The third year in, Harper decided to make the clean-up location the same as the one for Fox Day.

“I figured after seeing the mess on the lawn after the barbecue, I could only imagine what the beach looks like,” said Harper.

At the end of the 2 ½ hour clean-up, the students basked in the sunshine and waded in the rough waters—proud of the beach that they had made beautiful.

“The amount of pollution was so eye-opening,” said Stephanie Toft (Class of 2014). “It really motivated me to think twice about ignoring pollution.”

By Mary Neville (Class of 2013)

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