Author: Valerie Dao
Club: Mark Keppel High School Heal the Bay Club
Our group of 18 Mark Keppel High School Heal the Bay members were involved in cleaning the Ballona creek along the Playa del Rey on the morning of October 21st, 2017. Our members arrived very early in the morning at the location provided for the creek clean up. We were able to help carry the boxes and tables to assist the set up of the morning clean up event. We listened to the instruction and direction for the clean up and split up into groups of 3-4 members set out to clean the edge of the creek.
At the end of around 2 hours clean up, the group of volunteers were able to collect up to 25 pounds of trash from the area. This was our first Heal the Bay beach cleanup event and all members had pleasing day cleaning up the creek. Some of us got our shoes wet as we tried too hard to collect the trash floating inside the creek. The uneven rocks around the creek made it fun to walk on. It felt more like a school field trip as members chatted among themselves as they collected the litter.
As a club, we have learned the effects of the trash we see in the streets of LA and the path it gets to the ocean. We’ve also learned the importance of safely disposing of our trash and taking care of our environment if we wanted to enjoy the beauty of nature. After the event, all members felt satisfied at our work and agreed that this event was a good way to spend the day.
This cleanup allowed us to make new friends and create new memories with our own friends. We had enjoyed the view while cleaning the trash and can’t wait until the next cleanup we participate in!