The Wave

Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

Back to Article
Back to Article

Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

Ian Leonard and Javier Sarache

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






AICE Marine Biology teacher Jim Rigolo has been teaching at Wellington High School for 18 years. For six years he’s been an active member in a community beach cleanup called “Friends of Palm Beach” and encourages his students to participate as well. The main focus of the beach cleanups is to make the beaches a safer, cleaner place for sea-life and everyone to enjoy.

Flora Rigolo
Mr. Rigolo at September’s Beach Cleanup.

“There is a lot we’ve done to the ocean,” Rigolo says. “There’s a lot of garbage in it, we’ve used it as a dumping ground, not just us in this country, but all over the world.”

He, along with many others in the community, have made it a point to take care of the environment and help out in any ways they can.

“We need to educate people,” Rigolo says, “not to put stuff there, but then to get rid of the stuff that’s there, and that as plastics degrade, they give off toxins which fish are absorbing, which we are then eating, so it’s important to get that stuff out of the ocean.”

Last week alone the Friends of Palm Beach collected 746 pounds of trash in a two-hour time period. Within the six years that Mr. Rigolo has been a part of the group, he estimates a total of eight to ten thousand pounds of trash has been collected and properly disposed of.

Flora Rigolo
Just some of the trash collected during September’s Beach Cleanup.

Some benefits students are able to gain from going to the beach cleanups are community service hours for graduation. If students are ever in desperate need of community service, try going to a cleanup or two.

Lily Kirkpatrick, a student at Wellington High School says, “Beach cleanups are important, not just for the community service aspect, but just because the ocean plays a very important role to us humans… also to keep the oceans clean and to come together as a community and work together to see the result.”

Flora Rigolo
Students pitching in at September’s Beach Cleanup.

Anyone interested in attending a beach cleanup can check the Friends of Palm Beach website for announced dates. You can also ask Mr. Rigolo if you see him around campus, about a chance to participate in this amazing opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Ian Leonard, Arts & Entertainment Editor

An aspiring full-time journalist, Ian Leonard is a dedicated member of The Wave who has big ideas about arts and entertainment.

Javier Sarache, Multimedia Editor

Javier Sarache Jr. is an active member of Wellington High School's Slam Poetry Team and has performed in many spoken-word shows WHS' Literary Magazine...

Haley Hartner, News Editor











Haley B. Hartner's content is mainly centered around politics and human rights issues. She has been a part of the WHS Literary Magazine...

Navigate Left
  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    News

    UCF Fans Show Support for Milton After Injury

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    Arts & Entertainment

    Review: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Story of Queen

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    News

    Watch For Falling Iguanas During Cold Snaps

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    Arts & Entertainment

    Review: “Beautiful Boy” is an Eye Opener

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    Student Life

    September 2018 Teacher Spotlight – Mrs. Dooley

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    Sports

    Memorable Senior Night 2018 for Wolverines Football, Marching Band

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    News

    ‘I Am Wellington’ Project Features Faces of WHS

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    News

    Palm Beach County School District Protects LGBTQ Students

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    News

    Coach Abel, Team Ready for Homecoming Game Vs. Palm Beach Gardens

  • Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups

    Arts & Entertainment

    Fall Lights 2018: Student-Produced Show Shines Spotlight on WHS Talent

Navigate Right
Wellington High School's Online News Publication - featuring news, sports, arts and entertainment, opinion, student life, video features, and more!
Wolverines Making Waves at Monthly Beach Cleanups