Hi All!

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As we’re in the midst of summer activities and fun, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself. My name’s Zoë Scott and I’m the new Programs Coordinator at Heal the Bay, and will be coordinating with Club Heal the Bay partners for the upcoming school year to think about the club’s goals, plan events and activities, and recognize clubs that have gone above and beyond to be environmental stewards! I am super excited to work with all of Los Angeles’ amazing school clubs and learn more about your goals and passions, so here’s a bit about myself and how I came to Heal the Bay.

Back when I was younger, before I even knew about Heal the Bay, my love for the ocean was ignited by family trips to Monterey and Morro Bay. Walking along the beach, wading through the tide pools, and eventually swimming in the ocean sparked my curiosity for what lay beneath the water’s surface. I went on to study Aquatic Biology at University of California, Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree, where I volunteered at the Ty Warner Sea Center to share my knowledge about the ocean with the public and educate them about local organisms and environmental issues. Throughout taking courses at UCSB, I became interested in topics like invasive species, community ecology, and marine protection/environmental studies, which inspired the research for my master’s degree at California State University, Northridge. I studied invasive species in harbors and marinas not unlike the ones local to Los Angeles, and wanted to know how the invasive species affected the organisms calling those marinas home.

When I wasn’t leaning over docks at harbors or identifying tiny invertebrates under a scope, I did science outreach at local elementary and middle schools to teach students about scientific concepts and careers through hands-on activities and engaging them with guest speakers. The connections I made with students were so rewarding, and I am overjoyed to get to do the same with the Club Heal the Bay partners! So enjoy the rest of your summer, and get excited for this next year’s activities!

–Zoë

Earth Day Celebration at Luskin Academy

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Nature’s Own Club organized an awesome Earth Day celebration at Luskin Academy.

Earth Day Celebration at Luskin Academy
By: Diana Juarez of Luskin Academy’s Nature’s Own Club

Earth Day is a significant day because it’s one where people bring awareness to the many environmental issues around the world. Nature’s Own Club celebrated this special day because they knew how much it would help Luskin Academy become eco-friendlier.

The Earth Day Celebration at Luskin Academy consisted of many hands-on activities. The members of Nature’s Own were in charge of managing everything – they even created games for the students. Activities included “Trash Dash” and edible terrarium models.

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Students painting pots and planters.

“Trash Dash” is a game where students have a minute to sort as much trash as possible. The contestant with the most trash sorted at the end received a prize. Students learned about the necessity of a clean environment and that they could have fun while doing it.

Another activity was an edible terrarium model which was made out of crushed Oreos, pudding, edible grass and chocolate rocks. Many of the students wanted to make actual terrariums because of how beautiful they looked. Some of the students created art out of trash, such as pigs and dragons. This is another way to recycle – it shows how you can reuse anything or even use it as decorations. At the end of the day, students were given the chance to participate in a raffle for a Venus flytrap.

As people participated at the event they had huge smiles and laughed. It is safe to say that Earth Day at Luskin Academy was a success.

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Face painting was another huge hit.

Fundraising at Viewpoint School

Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club members in their club t-shirts at April Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup

Fundraising at Viewpoint School
By: Ben Moody of Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club

Last month, as an initiative to raise funds for Heal the Bay, Viewpoint’s Heal the
Bay Club founder and co-president Ben Moody sold various clothing items to the
students that are members of the club.

The t-shirts and hoodies that were sold during the fundraiser.

He worked with his school’s administrative team and his club sponsor to approve the designs on the clothes, and he set up an online store with a local vendor for the students to purchase for themselves T-shirts, and or hoodies for them to wear at the cleanups throughout the year. Each clothing item had an additional two dollars built into the price above the actual cost to act as a fundraising effort for Heal the Bay once the sale was over.

The students were given 3 weeks in total to order shirts and hoodies from the online store, and once the orders were all completed and distributed the vendor sent a check to Heal the Bay for a grand total of $46.85.

The fundraiser helped spread the club throughout Viewpoint school, as well as
donate money to the amazing organization that is Heal the Bay.

Sea the Change Art Contest: Winners & Submissions

 

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Sea the Change Art Contest Winners & Submissions
By: Lorenzo Tuason- Heal the Bay Public Programs Intern

The long-awaited Sea the Change Art Showcase finally arrived! In honor of Earth month, youth summit participants reconvened at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on April 15th, 2017 for a chance to share their art with the public and to receive awards and prizes for their work.

Hollywood High Key Club receives the grand prize .

To recap, January’s youth summit provided students the opportunity to create their own projects that raise awareness about ocean pollution and solutions. The students were encouraged to submit original works of poetry, prose, art, or film, to the Sea the Change Contest  and Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest. Create once, submit twice, and increase your chance of winning!

Valley Academy Mermaid Squad receives first runner-up prize .

The Sea the Change Art Showcase was the culmination of the extreme efforts that students displayed throughout this contest. It was thrilling to see everyone appreciating each other’s masterpieces as each group exhibited very thoughtful considerations through their projects. We witnessed ideas conceived during the Youth Summit flourish into beautiful pieces of work that were seen today in this ocean awareness art showcase. Then, we shared a toast (with sparkling juice) to celebrate our efforts on making this planet better.

 

Fallon Rabin of Thousand Oaks High School receives second runner-up prize.

The Sea the Change Contest winners were announced during this showcase, however, everyone is truly a winner because all the participants did something greater than themselves and became advocates for ocean justice. BUT if you insist on seeing who really won, check below! All Sea the Change Contest submissions are listed and each is accompanied by a reflection explaining the concepts behind the work.

Colton High Eco-Friendly Friends receive an honorable mention prize.

 

 


Grand Prize $150Hollywood High Key Club

Hollywood High Key Club

Prose: My Story- Lisa Massari
By: Andrea Ignacio & Jamille Taccad
Read: My Story- Lisa Massari
Read: Reflection

 

 

First Runner-Up $75 – Mermaid Squad- Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences

Turtle Factory

Art: Turtle Factory
By: Megan Phung , Talar Asdourian, Lacey Lumaya, Tiara Supakit
View: Turtle Factory
Read: Reflection

 

Second Runner-Up $50Fallon Rabin- Thousand Oaks High School

To-Go

Poetry: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
Art: To-Go
By: Fallon Rabin
Read: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
View: To-Go
Read: Reflection


Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically)

Animo Marine Biology Club- Animo Leadership Charter High School
Art: Today’s OceanArt Reflection
Poetry: The Dark Sea | Poetry Reflection

Eco-Friendly Friends- Colton High School
Prose: Sea the Change | Prose Reflection

Environment Conservation Club- Crean Lutheran High School
Art: Birds | Art Reflection

Hollywood High Key Club
Art: Lend a Hand | Trash Island | Art Reflection

Nature’s Own- Luskin Academy High School
Prose: Pollution in the Everyday | Prose Reflection
Film: Ocean Awareness | Film Reflection |

Congratulations to everyone and best of luck in the Bow Seat Contest!
#winning

 

Environmental Fair at the Arboretum

Nature’s Own at the Arboretum Environmental Fair

 Environmental Fair at the Arboretum
By Diana Juarez of Luskin Academy’s Nature’s Own Club

Last Saturday, March 25th 2017, our environmental club and volunteers from our school went to an environmental fair at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The objective of the trip was to inform the audience about the daily environmental problems that we as students face in our community. Continue reading

400 Pounds at Tower 7: SaMo takes on 1,100 Volunteers

March’s Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup Removed 400 Pounds of Trash from Will Rogers Beach

400 Pounds at Tower 7: SaMo takes on 1,100 Volunteers
By Katie Osaki of Santa Monica High School Heal the Bay Club

Members from Heal the Bay at SaMo joined the March 18th, 2017 Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup as pivotal Beach Captains—event staff volunteers who help run the cleanup for the hundreds of volunteers who scour the beach for all types of trash. Katie shares her experiences from Lifeguard Tower #7 at Will Rogers State Beach below.

The Calm Before the Volunteer Storm

Saturday morning, was a blur, a fog, a crisp breeze, a flash of sunlight. Saturday morning was filled with pulling buckets out of cars, setting up canopies, and unfolding chairs. As we set up the different tents, a string of people began to form; the 10 o’clock rush was about to start. Continue reading

Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches

Heal the Bay and Surfrider at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Heal the Bay at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches
By Jasmin Gonzalez of Leuzinger High School’s Heal the Bay Club

This club knows how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! By marching in a parade with a message of hope and empowerment, they inspired many ocean stewards, while having a ton of fun themselves.

Leuzinger's Heal the Bay Club marched in the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club set out to participate in the annual parade at Hermosa Beach.
Acting as Heal the Bay and Surfrider Ambassadors, we were glad to promote positive messages of volunteerism and helping the environment, all while marching through Hermosa. Continue reading

Club Day Fundraising at SaMoHi

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Heal the Bay Club at Santa Monica High School is aiming to raise $1,000 in donations for Heal the Bay this year.

Club Day Fundraising at SaMoHi
By Katie Osaki of Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club

See how this Club is having fun while raising funds for a great cause– clean oceans!

At Santa Monica High School (SaMoHi), every semester at least once, we hold a day coined Club Day, where clubs can sell food for the student body to purchase . During this time, each participating club gets a chance to fundraise for the various causes they support. Continue reading

Sea the Change Youth Summit Debrief

Groups from the greater LA area join for a day of fun and learning in Santa Monica

Groups from the greater LA area join for a day of fun and learning at Santa Monica Beach

Sea the Change Youth Summit Debrief
By Tiara Supakit & Megan Phung of Valley Academy’s Mermaid Squad
With contributions from Andrea Ignacio of Hollywood High’s Key Club

Check out what 45 student leaders got up to at the winter youth summit and learn how to join two Ocean Solutions Contests with cash prizes.

Mermaid Squad at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Mermaid Squad at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

On Sunday, 29 January, 2017, the Mermaid Squad participated in the Sea the Change Youth Summit event at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. At the event, we had the opportunity to do many activities such as a beach cleanup and trash analysis. Continue reading