We all saw the devastation that happened to our shores from Hurricane Sandy—sand dunes disappeared leaving thousands of families and homes vulnerable to the ocean’s destruction. Ms. Librizzi and her class, with the help of Ms. Stevie Thorsen, Education Director at the American Littoral Society, are doing their part to restore the sand dunes.
Stevie was kind enough to stop by and discuss the importance of dunes, beach grass, and what we can do to protect them. At the end of her presentation, each of Ms. Librizzi’s students had the opportunity to plant 2 beach grasses each at Asbury Park North, and given the responsibility to care for them until they are big enough to plant—which they will do mid-April. “It is so important for all of us to do our part in protecting our shores, and it all starts with educating others,” said Stevie.
Having guest speakers like Stevie come to Collier and supplement what our students learning in class is vital. Hearing how their lessons relate to real life situations ensures our students that what they are being taught is important and carries over to life outside Collier. In this instance, Stevie was able to convey just how important our beaches are and how we each can do our part in respecting the sand dunes and nature when we visit them.
Stay tuned and find out how Ms. Librizzi’s class did planting their beach grass…