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Young Circle’s Funtastic Friday Embraced an Environmental Theme

Members of the South Broward High School Coral Club arrived at the ArtsPark to participate in Funtastic Friday, which recently had an environmental theme.

“We are working to save the coral reefs off the coast of South Florida,” said Barbara Jacobovitz, vice president of the Coral Club. The club works alongside members of the Coral Restoration Foundation. “We are working on getting club members scuba certified so they can help with the coral nursery.”

Green theme at young circle’s funtastic friday event
Members of the South Broward High School Coral Club at Funtastic Friday.

The club’s main project is a coral garden. They plant coral polyps on underwater artificial “trees” to restore declining coral populations. Members were also educate members of the community on the importance of saving coral reefs.

Members of the Coral Restoration Foundation were also present. “We are working to restore the coral reefs. We are working to develop a coral nursery to grow coral so we can restore the reefs,” said Alyssa Reed, of the foundation.

Green theme at young circle’s funtastic friday event
Members of Free our Seas and Beyond showcased art made from plastic pulled from the ocean.

Members of the Hollywood Green Team were also part of the event. They hosted activities for children and spent time with the public. “We were showing children how to plant beans and sunflowers. We are also educating people on the problem of plastic pollution. We want to encourage people to use fewer single use plastic bottles,” said Tanya Krefsky, a Green Team member.

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Members of the City of Hollywood Green Team at the Funtastic Friday.

Issues related to plastic waste were also discussed by members of Free Our Seas and Beyond. Manon Wiese, one of the founders and leader of the organization said, “We want to create awareness about the problem of single use plastic bottles, plastic straws and plastic pollution,” said Wiese. “We want to teach people about the importance of caring for the environment.”

Members of the Driftwood Middle School Green Team also participated in the event. Students organized games to show people the importance of caring for the environment. According to Linda Gancitano, a Driftwood teacher and Green Team coordinator, the students are encouraging people to plant more trees, car pool, unplug electronic devices, and recycle.

Green theme at young circle’s funtastic friday event
Members of the Driftwood Middle School Green Team.

The overall atmosphere at the event was fun and festive. The Hollywood community came out to socialize and support environmental sustainability.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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