Guest post by Stephanie Hermanns Laurick
Tippin’s Pond is like a Diamond in the rough. For some in Pennsauken it is within walking distance. Yet, how often is it really utilized to its full potential? It may be a small pond but when people are not using it as their trash can it is really a beautiful place.
A few weeks ago my family went Tippin’s Pond to check it out. The last time I had been there was when my brother was a Cub Scout and my father was a troop leader. The scouts were there to fish. That was over 16 years ago. This was the first time our daughter had ever visited the pond and she was upset to see how people had threw their trash wherever they wanted. When an 8 year old knows this is not how you treat nature, knows that you throw your trash in a trash can, knows how littering to this degree can harm animals and is not healthy for the environment, it’s hard to understand why other kids, teens or adults think it is okay.
Instead of just getting upset and complaining about it, I’ve decided to be proactive. This is my town. I grew up here. This is where our daughter is growing up. I want to set an example and teach her that you can make a difference no matter how big or small.
So on Saturday, March 3rd, come help us clean up Tippin’s Pond. I have some of the Leo Club from Pennsauken High School Coming as well as wrestlers from Pennsauken High School. There will also be Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the Pennsauken/Merchantville Troops. A Few Boy Scouts from a Cinnaminson Troop will be there as well. The Student Council From Longfellow Elementary will also be helping out.
If you would like to help, please message me on Facebook – Pennsauken’s Nature Committee. The more the merrier. Let’s make a difference, even if it’s a small one. Thank you!