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by Christopher Annino
Mitchell College’s mission statement mentions that it is a private institution of higher learning in which it provides skills necessary for students to contribute to an ever-changing world. Dr. Kristen Lester who teaches Marine Ecology applied this philosophy to her students and inspired them to take action by creating a better environment to live in.
Kristen began a beach restoration project on Mitchell College’s beach. The project’s goal is to rid the beach of trash, and the infestation of Oriental Bittersweet, which is enabling other animals to thrive. Several clean up teams made up of students were divided along the beach’s shore and grasslands. “Dr. Lester helped us realize the beauty of the environment and how fragile it is,” said Gabrielle Harmon, leader of one of the clean up teams. The event was student ran and all of the departments assisted. Dr. Quaresma McHugh, and Dr. Andrew McHugh came with their son Patrick to support and learn more about the cause. “It is a wonderful initiative to get the kids responsible for their own environment, the both of us enjoy it because it helps to teach our child about the importance of our environment,” said Quaresma.
“We should all learn something today about the importance of the ecosystem. Hopefully this beach restoration project will catch on and grow on to become something special,” said Dr. Victoria Brennan, science professor.
Mitchell College is lucky to have caring professors who advocate for what is good and ethical for the next generation of adults. Mitchell College became everbeating heart filled with new blood every semester.