By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Kayaking in Sebastian could help a local student travel to the South Pole.
Archie Rea, a sophomore at St. Edward's School in Vero Beach, was accepted earlier this year into Students on Ice, an international youth experiential education program to Antarctica to learn about environmental issues, and some of his hometown friends want to make sure he has enough funds to make the trip.
"I am excited and inspired by the natural environment and think it is important for my generation to learn about sustainability," said Archie in a press release.
Florida Outdoor Center in Sebastian is hosting a kayaking fundraiser on Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. and all of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit Archie, said Kristen Beck, director of Florida Outdoor Center.
Mrs. Beck has known Archie for many years and says he is an excellent volunteer and counselor in her organization's various activities.
"He was a summer camper here when he was younger and he has grown into this amazing young man who I am proud to call one of my borrowed children," said Mrs. Beck.
"He is incredibly conservation-minded, always wanting to educate people and help the environment. He's a wicked cool kid," she said.
The Antarctic expedition is scheduled for Dec. 27 2013 through Jan. 10, 2014. Less than 100 students were accepted into the program this year.
Students in the program will be immersed in hands-on research activities and lectures taught by polar experts, educators and teachers, for a unique expedition experience.
"I think the hands-on learning of the expedition will teach me about world issues in a new and different way and I want to be able to share what I learn with other students at my school and in the community when I get back," Archie said.
"The program builds on the education and experience of individuals to help them lead in their respective fields as they go into the world," said Clare Glassco, outreach coordinator with the program, in a press release.
"We are thrilled to have Archie on board with us. His leadership and experience is a perfect match to the work that we do," she said.
For more information about the fundraiser, contact Mrs. Beck at (772) 202-0220.