It was a secret! A ‘mystery’ tour for a group of students - and the adult advisors - from United Church of Gainesville. The students came to Central Florida on Friday, January 10th for an overnight trip, not knowing what was in store for their weekend excursion. On trust, and expecting an interesting, but unknown, special experience, the students had committed to spend the weekend together to…..well, they did not know….which is what made the trip an unexpected and ‘spontaneous’ exciting event.
The surprise was revealed on Saturday afternoon, January 11th, when the students arrived at the offices of the Farmworker Association of Florida for a Lake Apopka Toxic Tour. While some high school students might not think of this as a ‘fun’ thing to do on a weekend afternoon, this group of students was exceptional in their interest, insight, curiosity, critical thinking, and social justice sensitivity.
FWAF also wants to thank Amanda Hardeman of the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, for joining the tour, as well, to see firsthand the farmland and community of the Lake Apopka area.