Cleaning up Coastal Hernando

The Weeki Wachee chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) has begun a cleanup project that focuses on coastal areas in the county. More than 50 students, teachers and area residents showed up Saturday, March 24, 2018 to remove trash and debris from near the roadway of Shoal Line Boulevard near Linda Pedersen Park and Rogers Park. They’ve recently cleaned up Pine Island and have future plans for the Weeki Wachee Preserve and the Weeki Wachee River. The ongoing project is led by Victoria Goldner, NHS president, and Austin Wright, who coordinates communications within the group and outside agencies.

Local Officials On the Scene:
County Commissioner Wayne Dukes stopped by to chat with the students and staff, and shared his knowledge of the area history with the students and attendees. Dukes mentioned that he is a fifth-generation resident of Hernando County.

Shortly after the students and others made their way to the shoulders of Shoal Line Boulevard, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputies led by Colonel Michael Maurer were called to enforce speed limits after efforts to slow down traffic near the kids seemed to be ignored by motorists.

Teaching Moments:
In addition to beautifying the area, Marine Biology teacher T.J. Jordan used the effort as a teaching tool, having his students identify how specific types of trash impacts wildlife. Marine Biology is a dual-enrollment class at WWHS, where students receive college credit through Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC).

Susann Braden, a seventh-generation Hernando County resident teaches Earth Science, and several of her students were part of the group. Ms. Braden along with several other WWHS teachers and staff directed the students according to prepared plans, and also provided lunch at the end of the day.

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