Turning Point School Blog
A group of 18 Turning Point middle school students are participating in a Summer Service trip to the Fiji islands, where they are learning about some of the challenges faced by the island nation and helping to preserve Fiji’s beautiful marine ecosystem.
Here is a diary from Day 6 of their trip:
We spent the day yesterday around our island base. In the morning we learned about the three different types of mangroves and what mangroves do to protect the local and global environment. Did you know that a greater percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by mangroves than all of the Amazon? We then did a clean-up of the local mangroves while observing the differing crabs and lobsters that live around the mangroves. Before leaving the mangroves, we each planted at least one mangrove.
After lunch, we went swimming and kayaking. In the afternoon we walked to the village where we learned to weave from the local women and to watch and participate in a traditional "meke," a performance that enacts ancient lore. After the meke, the village women opened up their shell market for us.
After dinner, we had a bonfire and the local children came to join us. We learned to dance the Taki-Taki and taught the children some of our traditional camp songs. We ended the evening with an energy filled game of Duck Duck Goose.