Southampton High School oceanography students have stepped up to become positive influences in the community by leading a variety of community service projects after being inspired by co-teachers Kimberly Milton and Heather Haux.
Milton and Haux challenged their students to get involved and make a difference after spending a year becoming “ocean literate” and learning about nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to ocean advocacy.
Students jumped into action. Two organized a beach cleanup at Cooper’s Beach and spoke before the Southampton Village Board to request permission to hold their event on June 12. Other students designed awareness about litter cleanup, reef-friendly products, improving access to residential fishing licenses, supporting shark conservation efforts and helping at local shellfish hatcheries. Several students have also started teaching awareness lessons to elementary and intermediate school students.
“We were looking for a way to empower students with meaningful action, and this was the most logical path to follow,” said Milton. “I’m pleased we found a way to do more than simply teach. The students are now leading.”
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