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SSHS students repair, clean up Laderan Tanke trail

SAIPAN Southern High School students repaired and cleaned up the Laderan Tanke trail on Saturday as part of their Environmental Science class.

Teachers Tracy Burgess and Roy Adsit accompanied the students at the Laderan Tanke trail in Marpi, overlooking Bird Island.

The Laderan Tanke trail before the cleanup.

It was the second outdoor activity conducted by the SSHS Environmental Science class. “Students need to pass the class for graduate credits and it is mandatory that they fulfill 80 hours of community service doing gardening, volunteering and lab in class assignment,” Burgess said.

The class has 130 students, but Burgess said most of them were not able to participate in the activity on Saturday because of the rainy weather.

Saipan Southern High School teachers Tracy Burgess and Roy Adsit joined their students in cleaning up the Laderan Tanke trail on Satuday.

“We are working as a group to restore the island’s beauty. We want to be able to preserve our sea life by taking care of our corals, help beautify by cleaning debris so that the sea life will not be endangered. I want my students to be able to stay involved, keep active and continue to encourage others.”

Burgess said they have also conducted outdoor and cleanup activities several times in the past. “I felt the need to involve others and keep them aware of what is truly going on around us. Gaining access to public pavilions and leaving trash behind is beyond us — a trash bin is just a feet away. We want to encourage others to help us keep Saipan clean.”

The Laderan Tanke trail before, photo above, and after, photo below, the cleanup.  Contributed photos

For students who are not into hiking, there are other options available, Burgess said. “I have students volunteering their time at the animal care shelter, the mayor’s office, Parks & Recreation, the church, the Marianas Visitors Authority and many more.”

Burgess said the class will conduct another beach cleanup, this time at Coral Ocean Point on Sept. 23, Saturday.