Friday, August 27, 2010

Rollins College Students SPARC their interest in Lake Apopka

Nineteen incoming, freshman students from Rollins College visited the Farmworker Association of Florida offices in Apopka on August 21st to learn about farmworkers and Lake Apopka. They were joined by two volunteers, Anna Lee Kerlin and Rachel Harris. Former farmworkers Linda Lee and Mary Ann Robinson talked to the students about their lives and experiences working on the farms on Lake Apopka. The class, with professor with Joe Siry, went on a Lake Apopka Toxic Tour of the area to view firsthand an environmental justice community and to learn about the conditions and health problems in the community. The SPARC Day event included the unveiling of the second, red quilt - to the awe and delight of all present! The day concluded with students making their own quilt squares that will be eventually incorporated into the quilt itself.
Thanks, Rollins College, for giving students these important community engagement opportunities and for your years of collaboration with the Farmworker Association of Florida.

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