MMC Watertown Students and Faculty Volunteer in Florida

July 20, 2017

Bill Baggs State Park--Left to Right: Donna Harmon, Morgan Berner, Cassi Johnson, Art Levy-Park Services Specialist, Heather Prisinger, Aaron Weyh, and Candice Hill.

WATERTOWN, SD — Mount Marty College (MMC) – Watertown students and faculty recently
traveled to Florida for their first ever service trip.
Six participants drove to Florida and volunteered at four different locations:
1) CAPS of Love in West Palm Beach, FL. This charity takes plastic caps and recycles
them to earn money to purchase wheelchairs for children whose family can’t afford one. The
group learned how to recycle plastic caps and the importance of keeping them out of the
landfills and also sorted caps. This organization has donated over 70 wheel chairs to people all
over the country.
2) Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL. At this botanical garden and Everglades wildlife
sanctuary, the group met some of the animals and helped clean-out their pens. They also
helped set up for their upcoming “Lost World of Dinosaurs” exhibit.
3) Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in Dania Beach, FL. Here the group cleaned
up trash that had gotten stuck in seaweed and washed up on shore.
4) Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, FL. MMC-Watertown students and
faculty helped clean up the beach, swept the lighthouse steps, and swept and dusted the
lighthouse keeper’s cottage.
“Cleaning up the beaches showed how important it is to dispose of trash in a proper manner so
it stays out of the ecosystem. When you work together, you can have fun and make a
difference,” Aaron Weyh MMC-Watertown Junior said.
Prior to the trip the group learned about the sites they would be serving at, and began making
connections to how the service in Florida can be duplicated or related to our lives in South
Dakota.
“This service trip really opened my eyes on how taking care of our environment is so important.
It was an amazing experience for me,” Morgan Berner MMC-Watertown Sophomore said.
During the trip, #mmcwserve was used to post pictures and updates.
To learn more about Mount Marty College-Watertown, visit mtmc.ecu/watertown.