Continuing their efforts of being stewards of the area’s natural resources, students at Mexico Middle School recently participated in two beach cleanups on Lake Ontario.
As a part of their aquatic ecology unit, students went to Mexico Point State Park and picked up more than 2,000 pieces of trash, with most of the pickup being plastics.
The students then turned the trash into artwork to display at the school’s open house to raise public awareness and get conversations started about the plastic pollution issue in Lake Ontario.
“It is getting into our food chain in the form of microplastics,” said teacher Alicia Archer. “Since the students retrieved the plastic before it broke down into microplastics, they were improving the environment and doing a community service.”