Westglades Middle School Environmental Club

City of Parkland recognizes 


By Nicol Jenkins


Westglades Middle School students are bringing awareness to the importance of being environmentally conscious.


The Parkland City Commission has recognized the Westglades Middle School Environmental Club for their project focusing on the environment and education.


Recently, 150 future environmental leaders from 15 middle schools across Florida, New England and the Mid-Atlantic presented their six-month long sustainability projects as part of the 20th anniversary Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education. Among them were 10 students from Westglades Middle School’s Environmental Club, who shared the importance of fishing ethics for our oceans, waterways and canals. The Westglades students focused their presentation on how to be an ethical and responsible fisherman by obtaining a fishing license, learning proper “catch and release” techniques, recycling fishing lines and more.


The students also educated Parkland residents on this important topic by setting up an information booth at the City of Parkland’s Farmer’s Market. The Westglades team presented its project and solutions to peers and a panel of partners comprised of educators and environmental experts at the annual Wheelabrator Symposium.

Ms. Shelby, the Environmental Club’s advisor and a science teacher at Westglades Middle School, has participated in all 20 years of Wheelabrator’s Symposium, impacting hundreds of students’ lives. Other Symposium projects have included saving the endangered wood stork and gopher tortoise, helping manatees and more.


Parkland Mayor Michael Udine and City Commissioners honored the Westglades Middle School Environmental Club, Wheelabrator Technologies and Stella Shelby for their amazing accomplishments and commitment to the City of Parkland’s environment and education.

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