To see pics from our trip to Smith Island, visit my Flickr account here. I feel that the set of pictures showing the piles of trash demonstrate how we need to take a stand to protect our environment. It's upsetting how a place so in-tune with nature and the sea around them could neglect their surroundings and the earth.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
During our Fall Break trip, some of us got the opportunity to visit Smith Island, as some other bloggers have noted. The island consists of three towns, Ewell, Tylerton, and Rhodes Point. To get on the mainland, it takes a forty-five minute ferry ride, which costs about twenty dollars round-trip. This is why most inhabitants of the island, go to mainland as little as possible, making the most out of it when they do. One thing that was so shocking to me was the education system for the children. Because of the number of students, there is only an elementary school on the island. This means that after grade eight, students must take the long boat ride every morning and afternoon to commute to school. The ferry ride is part of public education so it fortunately does not cost to ride. If a student wants to take part in any extra-curricular activity after school, they must stay with someone on the mainland because the ferry leaves a certain time every afternoon and it only goes once.