Friday, June 29, 2012

Toxic Tour with Apopka Area Youth!

How many people know the history of the community they live in? Now, how many people can say that they have worked to correct the injustices within their own community?

On June 23, 2012, the Farmworker Association of Florida was thrilled to be able to take a group of local high school students from Apopka on a Toxic Tour.  Part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Conference hosted by our sister organization, The Hope Community Center, these young minds were able to receive an up-close and personal look into the world around them.

With the help of community activist and former Lake Apopka farmworker, Geraldean Matthew, this was one of the best Toxic Tours we have given.  By hearing, and seeing, the injustices that occur literally all around them, these students will be able to take their newfound knowledge, and apply it to their own lives.

In addition, they were able to use their skills in the STEM areas, to help the Farmworker Association and the Apopka Community!  By taking water samples from the polluted shores of Lake Apopka, these students will be testing the waters to find out its chemical composition! We will let you know the results as soon as they come in!  

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