Students Serve, Learn in Florida Keys
10/07/2010

Program Combines Service, Cultural Experiences and a Hands-On Education

Online PR News – 07-October-2010 – – SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Moore knows the value of a good education; He’s bet his business on it. But he also knows the value of touching lives – those of his students as well as those of strangers. Moore’s company has been offering educational trips for high-school and college students to exotic locations for years…but with one major difference from traditional school trips.

In addition to providing the travelers with a scholastically enriching experience, Appleseed Expeditions also gives them a chance to make a difference in the lives of the local communities that they visit. Their next trip is to the Florida Keys. With the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Keys provide a bio-diverse habitat that many scientists call 'the rain forest of the world.'

Students in the Florida Keys program will be able to explore the fragile ecosystems of the reef, which is home to an abundance of tropical marine organisms, and to partake in efforts to conserve this world treasure. The region is also home to the migrant community of Homestead, Fla., where the 'ghost children' of South Florida live. In addition to the many burdens imposed on all children of poverty, the children of migrant workers must face mobility, language and cultural barriers as well.

“Our Florida Keys program has an important mixture of ecological awareness, conservation, crosscultural exposure and service, all rolled into one,” said Moore, whose business is based in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. “We offer one of the most well-rounded science expeditions for marine biology but also work hand-in-hand with the community leaders to implement structured mentoring and community aid programs that benefit needy South-Florida migrant children.”

Appleseed Expeditions was named after John Chapman, 'Johnny Appleseed,' who used his training as an orchardist to plant nearly 100,000 acres of apple tree orchards in the 1700s so new settlers and the impoverished would have food during harsh winters. Like Johnny Appleseed, Moore’s guides strive to plant the seeds of inspiration early in students so they will want to use their education and talents to serve the world and the people in it when they are older. Appleseed Expeditions also offers science trips such places as the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and Hawai’i, and other tracks, including history and language, take students to France, Italy, Spain, Fiji, the Bahamas and more.

For more information or to register a class this spring, call Appleseed Expeditions at
(877) 889-7150 or visit www.AppleseedExpeditions.com.

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