PEP’s service field trip aims to spread awareness and inspire

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PEP’s service field trip aims to spread awareness and inspire

Seniors Flannery Enneking-Norton and Emilia Hoppe work to dig up invasive species, such as weeds.

Seniors Flannery Enneking-Norton and Emilia Hoppe work to dig up invasive species, such as weeds.

Nikolaus Elsaesser

Seniors Flannery Enneking-Norton and Emilia Hoppe work to dig up invasive species, such as weeds.

Nikolaus Elsaesser

Nikolaus Elsaesser

Seniors Flannery Enneking-Norton and Emilia Hoppe work to dig up invasive species, such as weeds.

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Service has always been a pillar of SPA’s community, and student clubs have embraced new service opportunities. On Sept. 19, People for Environmental Protection helped clean up invasive species at Crosby Park. The trip took place during school, with 14 students and 2 teachers attending.

“While it’s not very glamorous pulling weeds and other stuff, I hope people can realize that what they are doing is important to maintaining biodiversity,” co-president of PEP Flannery Enneking-Norton said.

I hope people can realize that what they are doing is important to maintaining biodiversity.”

— Flannery Enneking-Norton

Enneking-Norton has worked with Friends of the Mississippi in the past and believes that the work they do cleaning up invasive species is very important for the environment.

“I hope [people] who may not even be in PEP can realize that issues like these are super important, and helping out can peak their interests. Also, by being exposed to issues like these people can become inspired to join and help make a difference,” Enneking-Norton said.

While Enneking-Norton organized this trip over the summer and it took place at the beginning of the year, she does intend to plan more opportunities for students to get involved throughout the school year.

“It’s hard to plan trips over the winter, but we’re gonna focus more on doing stuff inside the school,” Enneking-Norton said.

PEP has taken many initiatives to improve the environment by making changes in SPA. PEP has plans to continue that pattern this year.

“We want to put compost bins in bathrooms for paper towels. We also just want to keep getting more speakers to come and talk to students. We are also trying to start some educational campaigns,” Enneking-Norton said.

Service opportunities during the school year and sponsored by clubs begins as a regular practice this year.

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