Environmental Club goes to White Rock Lake to help clean up

By Carolyn Perlmutter | News Editor

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Juniors Jessica Brooks and Rosa Valdez pick pieces of trash out of White Rock Lake on Nov. 8. This was part of an effort by the Environmental Club to help the local community and environment.

The Pearce Environmental Club helped clean up White Rock Lake on Saturday Nov. 8 from 9-11 a.m. The Environmental Club participated in this event to help the local environment.

“My favorite part of going to White Rock Lake was feeling like I made a difference in our community, even though it was something small, and I got to have fun with some of my best friends,” Environmental Club co-vice president of communication Brittany Grubert said.

Each Saturday, For the Love of the Lake, an organization devoted to the maintenance and enhancement of White Rock Lake, hosts people from across the community to help clean the shores of the lake. The second Saturday of each month is the biggest event. On these “Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up” days, the organization provides a small continental breakfast.

“I went in the first place because I love helping the environment, and of course I would do it again,” junior Eli Bowles said.

Sign-up for the Shoreline Spruce Up is from 8-9 a.m., and groups clean up from about 9-11 a.m. For the Love of the Lake provides pickers, recycling bags, trash bags and latex gloves for safety purposes.

“Once we arrived, we all signed up and watched a video that talked about the different rules,” Environmental Club treasurer Jessica Brooks said. “After the video we all drove near the lake and started walking. We stopped at different places where we saw a lot of trash.”

The 15 members of the Environmental Club who attended the event picked up all types of trash including plastic water bottles, shoes, wrappers and spray cans near the shoreline. Other volunteers with For the Love of the Lake used kayaks to reach garbage farther from the shore.

“The most unusual thing that another group found was a pair of Jordan’s that seemed almost brand-new,” Eli said.

The Environmental Club plans to participate in the Shoreline Spruce Up periodically throughout the year to continue to have a positive impact on the environment and the community.

“People should come to White Rock Lake with us because it’s a great way to bond and a lot of fun,” Jessica said.

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