We are thrilled to have a group of students from the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School (HeLa High) volunteering at the Pacific Park this school year! HeLa is a small high school within the Evergreen School District focusing on specialty education in health and biosciences. The volunteer group, HeLa Environmental Educators and Activists, consists of 14 members, from 9th-12th grades. Many of the members are interested in pursuing careers focusing on Biology, Environmental Sciences, Political Advocacy or Education. Members are also interested in environmental issues in and around the community.
The group is led by Nicole Nugent, a junior at HeLa High:
"I was interested in volunteering at the park because it is exactly what I believe is the answer to improving environmental issues: education. The garden teaches homeowners how to garden with eco-friendly practices as well as informing the community what is good for the environment and what isn't. As a result, the garden is making our community much more informed about environmental issues, and the more informed that people are, than the more likely they will participate in efforts for change. I wanted to volunteer at this garden because I wanted to be a part of a solution to a pressing issue that we will all face at one time or another. Whether that time is now or in the future, I decided I might as well face the issues now because the environmental issues of today are the issues that will determine the future of this planet and the people that call it home."
The group shares the same belief and is working toward the same goal - educating the community and next generation to ensure the health of the environment in our community for years to come.
Thank you so much to Nicole and the HeLa students who are spending their time at our gardens this school year.
Interested in volunteering at the park or becoming involved in our other programs? Check out some opportunities here: clarkgreenneighbors.org/volunteer/opportunities
For more information about HeLa High : helacell.org