The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida purchased a unique trash skimming vessel, a TRASHCAT™, from United Marine International of Baltimore, designed to keep our waterways clean. The boat, one of the few of its kind in the country, was approved for purchase by the City Commission to automate the process of trash removal.
Through a contest and election among school children in the City, Pollution Solution was voted the new boat name. Two 5th grade students, Jason Gluth of Croissant Park Elementary and Brandi Knighton of Thurgood Marshall Elementary, chose the winning name.
The Pollution Solution, with its distinct appearance, will skim the water, removing debris from the more than 185 miles of canals, rivers and waterways that characterize Fort Lauderdale as the Venice of America.
Source: From the program issued by the City of Fort Lauderdale for the dedication ceremony of the “Pollution Solution”
Fort Lauderdale Students Vote on Name for City Trash Skimmer Cleanup Boat – A Real Lesson in Democracy
As Broward County, Florida voters flowed in and out of polling places on Tuesday, students cast votes as well – in the classroom.
In Ft. Lauderdale, students actually got to decide a municipal issue. They had the final say on a name for the city’s new waterway trash skimmer cleanup boat.
After Ft. Lauderdale fifth-graders sent in 170 suggestions for a name, local leaders narrowed the vote to three: Clean Sweep, Pollution Solution, and Trash Master. Students from ages 4 to 18 voted. Pollution Solution was ahead in early results with 1,691 votes; 1,372 students voted for Trash Master; and Clean Sweep garnered 891 votes.
Kids Voting Broward, a non profit student voter-education group, distributed a special ballot to Broward County’s 245,000 students for most local elections. Participants cast their votes on a range of election topics including the library bond issue and voter education.
Normally the results of the student ballot are used for education purposes, but the City of Ft. Lauderdale gave students the responsibility of voting on a name for the trash skimmer boat.
“This gives them a taste of what thousands of people around the world would like to do and cannot,” said Patricia Houchens, a Sunrise Middle School teacher who coordinated the election at her school. “That’s to have a choice in their government.”
Source: Excerpt from Sun-Sentinel Archives by Peter Bernard