Equinox Advisory Council member Ann McGregor teaches Middle School at the Montessori School of Celebration, where her students have read The Yearling, watched In Marjorie’s Wake, and studied Florida ecosystems. They’ve enjoyed several field study days, and are planning a hike on the Yearling Trail in the Ocala National Forest with Equinox founder Bill Belleville.
As part of their service to community, the middle schoolers recently volunteered to staff the Equinox booth at the Wekiwa Springs Riverfest on Saturday, March 8. On Friday, they met with Advisory Council member Leslie Poole and learned about the organization. They collected all materials needed for the booth, and set up and manned the booth during the festival. Below are reports from three of the students about their experiences:
On Friday, my class and I went on a field trip to Leslie Poole’s house. Leslie works for Equinox Documentaries. We talked about our up-coming field trip to The Wekiva Riverfest. I even learned a new phrase at her house. Equinox Documentaries is a non-profit organization. I had no clue what that means. I found out, it means: an organization that takes any donations it receives and gives it to charity.
After we left her house, we went to the Equinox Documentaries main office. The door was open and there was no one there, after a phone call to see if it was okay, we went in. The items we needing for volunteering at the Riverfest, was there. We packed up the car and left for lunch. Then back to school, we went.
The next day, we were at the Riverfest. There was one tiny problem. The tent was old and kept breaking apart. After some help arrived, and with some duct tape, we got the tent set up. It fell over again, so we packed it up. It was too dangerous to keep up. Then we enjoyed the Riverfest. With some brochures to hand out, we visited the other stands. We also went on a guided nature walk. After that we had lunch. My dog got to come along, as well.
Equinox MS Volunteers cooling off in the spring
Since it was Najudy’s last day with us, we let her hold the snake first at one of the stands. That day got really warm out. My dad suggested we cool of with an afternoon swim. I pointed out we had no bathing suits. However, that did not stop him. My dad, Bryana and I jumped into the spring. With all our clothes on! Najudy refused to go. Unfortunately, my dad did not think ahead. So we were in wet and cold clothes all day. Other than that, the day was fun, and educational. By the way, did you know that honey is really bee barf?
Last weekend the middle school class got to volunteer for Equinox Documentaries at the Riverfest in Wekiwa Spring Park.
On Friday, March 6th 2009 my classmates and I went on a field trip to meet with Leslie Poole who is a professor of environmental studies and on the board of directors for Equinox. She informed us on what Equinox was all about and what to expect when volunteering.
After speaking with Leslie we went to their office and picked up our tent and all the other things to create our booth for the Riverfest.
Our first booth visitor was a wild character!
On Saturday morning we set up our booth and started informing others about Equinox. Some people have never heard of this wonderful non-profit organization. The people we informed also got to tell us about their booth. Most of the booths there were all about saving Florida and our animals which is what Equinox tries to teach those who want to learn about Florida and its lovely nature that comes with it.
I would definitely volunteer for Equinox Documentaries again because it is wonderful to see Florida’s nature instead of all the tourist attractions. It’s also priceless to see how great people respond when you tell them what you are volunteering for and how they can help.
Volunteers enjoyed a guided nature hike
My field trip to the Equinox lab was very informative. We talked about aquifers, the ecosystem, and all the animals that live there. The Equinox lab is at Leslie Poole’s house. We also went to the Equinox Documentaries office where they make films that inform us about our ecosystems and how to take care of them.