Service Learning

Lake Cleanup

Students Don Work Clothes For Lake Cleanup

Students from Dr. Chris Franks’s Environmental Ethics class spent a weekend morning cleaning up trash at High Point Lake.

Thirteen students put on their work clothes, boarded several canoes and set out to comb the lake shore for litter. In the end, three full bags of filth were pulled from the lake. Franks said he hopes the project helped the students learn to be more disgusted at the way some humans treat the natural world.

The project had other implications as well, including helping the students see how the world around them is interconnected, educating them about the importance of having an ecological conscience, and teaching them about pleasure derived from giving back to the community.

“This kind of learning has many purposes, as various as the diverse sensibilities, satisfactions, memories, and habits that go into making someone who they are morally,” Franks says.

Franks says he hopes the experience will prompt more of his students to take an interest in restoring degraded places.

The class is part of the High Point University Service Learning Program.

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