People go to the beach and litter all the time. This has become a common practice. Beach goers party for hours and leave a pile of trash behind to mar the coast.
But a group of fraternity brothers took it upon themselves to clean the mess made by their fraternity’s spring breakers in the day time at the Miami Beach. Beach workers joined them in their efforts to keep the beach tidy for visitors.
“It doesn’t take much to pick up after yourself after partying,” said Jourman Triana, who is a Florida International University senior and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. “You can have fun and also do the right thing.”
Shortly, 15 other volunteers joined the party — the beach cleaning one.
They make a point to hit the beach each spring to have fun but also make a point to clean the trash. But for Triana, this wasn’t just about cleaning the environment; it was more about breaking stereotypes.
The 22-year-old is an Afro-Colombian who spends time with brothers in a black fraternity. Some people automatically conjure a picture of wild, booze-soaked parties when thinking of fraternities.
“We want to break that stereotype,” he said.
Miami beach is popular among students for spring break, but the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has started a new trend of cleaning it up. Their efforts were lauded by the Miami Beach police.
The city’s administration also thanked them for their hard work.
“The city of Miami Beach is grateful to Florida International University’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for leading the beach cleanup effort after a day filled with spring break activities. We hope all visitors follow suit by keeping Miami Beach clean when visiting our beautiful beaches,” the city’s administration stated.
Note to all the beach goers, especially university spring breakers: It’s great to party and relax on spring break, but making a practice of cleaning your mess won’t harm anyone. Respect the ocean, don’t litter it with trash.
And cheers to Florida International University for producing such wonderful, considerate students.
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