MAKING WAVES: Hendry and Glades students clean up Fisheating Creek

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Engaging in hands-on ecology lessons, Hendry and Glades County students become stewards of their natural surroundings

PALMDALE, Fla. — Students from Hendry and Glades counties made a splash on Fisheating Creek in Palmdale on Tuesday. They learned about ecology and cleaned up the creek as part of the annual 4-H Youth Leadership and Development Program Water and Environment Day.

Protecting the environment is a core value for Hendry and Glades counties, and coordinators with 4-H say that starts with learning about it.

So, they brought 10 students from various schools in the counties to get immersed in the beauty of the area by canoeing down Fisheating Creek while picking up trash along the way.

Chance Harper and Miley Castellon, two sophomores from Clewiston High School, shared their insights, highlighting the impact such experiences have on them.

“Being out here and being in the wildlife – it gives you a whole different appreciation for nature,” Harper remarked.

“It just gives you a better understanding of what’s around you,” Castellon said.

This program not only fosters an appreciation for nature, but also encourages leadership.

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