Earth Team 2022-2023 Year End Reflection with Intern Angella Dayrit

Earth Team intern Angella Dayrit reflects on her second year as an Earth Team intern at PVHS
Earth Team Pinole tabled at the 2023 City of Pinole Earth Day Walk, hosting a native plant seed bomb making and handing out their zines on how to start your own native garden

Earth Team is an amazing organization that brings students of different backgrounds together to tackle environmental issues every year. I am a returning intern and beginning the year of 2022 with new interns along with a new coordinator was an experience. I knew that I was going to enjoy my time in this internship but I found myself loving it even more. Also, thanks to Kaylee, we were introduced to more environmental advocates! I saw that many of them inspired our seniors to pursue an environmental course for college.

We were introduced to the project we were going to focus on and it was on the Pollinator Garden for the monarch butterflies. It was so cool! Everyone worked so hard for this project! The plants we planted are growing beautifully and I was excited to find out that we are receiving more next school year. Learning about the needs of a butterfly is very interesting considering that I knew very little about them- I did not know what they ate… It is my favorite place to go to. It was fun to get together with the other interns to make a garden dedicated for these butterflies. 

Earth Team PVHS interns co-hosted the monthly PCA litter clean up in March, which included a water quality testing demonstration

But, aside from the Pollinator Garden were the adventures! The adventures we all pursued together happened once a month on a Saturday and they gave us a chance to understand each other. It was relaxing to go on hikes with the group because we would be learning about the area as we listened to the birds chirp along with the bustling bushes made by the cool breeze. With these hikes, it deepened my love for nature and it inspires me to continue advocating for this planet. I missed a couple of these Saturday events but I would hear great stories behind them and it would make it all up. I wish I could have gone on the bird walk with my brother because he is very interested in that topic. Nevertheless, I was happy to receive pictures about the event. Plenty of memories were made and more will be made between PVHS and Earth Team. As a graduating senior, I am glad to be part of Earth Team.

-Angella Dayrit

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