MKHS Campus Cleanup – 9.16.2017
Author: Valerie Dao
On September 16, 2017, the Heal the Bay club of Mark Keppel High School held a campus cleanup at their school’s track field. The event started at 9 am and lasted about one hour and five minutes. There were 31 participants. The board members split up the event participants into groups of 4-5. These groups then dispersed throughout the track area, cleaning up the field and taking note of the type of trash they collected.
Some of the unusual trash items they found were a baseball, a football, a plunger, and a whole pie in its pie tin. The participants were surprised to find out how much trash they had collected, as the track field did not seem to have that much trash at first glance when the cleanup started. By the end of the event, the Heal the Bay cleanup group had collected about eight full bags of trash and half a box of glass. The club calculated, using the Clean Swell app, that 192.93 pounds of trash were collected.
Most of the trash that was collected were paper trash, food wrappers, plastic bags, and miscellaneous plastic/foam pieces. The event ended with tired participants having satisfaction to have prevented all of this trash to be going elsewhere. Volunteers were provided with snacks and cold bottles of water, which they happily enjoyed.
This was Heal the Bay club’s first event, and the board members and advisor were very glad about the outcome of the event. They hope to continue having events like this one in the future.