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The Ecotourism Student Club Keeps Growing

February 8, 2018

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Manuel García Pérez High School, in collaboration with the Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico, conducted the second initiation of the Ecotourism Student Club (CETE) at the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, specifically at Playa Escalera in Rincón. This club was established in 2016 by a group of students who felt an urgent need to protect and conserve the coasts of their community. They realized that to safeguard the marine and coastal resources of their beaches, it was essential to educate the public about the importance of using them sustainably. To start their work, the students underwent various training sessions with the Sea Grant Program. They received workshops on beach composition, marine mammals, marine ecosystems, sea turtles, and environmental interpretation, among others. They were also trained to carry out activities and measurements for the Guardarenas Project. These students not only educate but also take action for their environment. They adopted the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincón, where they clean beaches, measure profiles, analyze water quality and sand composition, among other activities. They also participate in open houses where they educate their community about the benefits of preserving these valuable resources.

These same students took it upon themselves to continue their work and, before graduating from high school, recruited, along with their leaders Professors Teresa Álvarez and Vivian Otero, with the guidance of Berliz Morales, those students who, like them, were nature lovers and understood the significance of the commitment they had undertaken. On February 8, it was time to pass the baton to twenty-six (26) excited students who received the task of continuing the work they had started.

The outgoing board, along with their leaders, conducted the initiation ceremony for the new members and the transition to the incoming board. The enthusiasm of these young people, who solemnly pledged their new roles, was palpable.

This initiative sparked interest in forming the CETE Club in various public and private schools in Puerto Rico. This is a great achievement as more people join this effort. The Sea Grant Program is very proud of these young people and reaffirms its commitment to education, the conservation of our marine and coastal resources, and the development of our youth.

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February 8, 2018
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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