ECO Club Adopts Rosie’s Beach

Author: Mayra Acevedo
Club: ECO Club at STEAM Legacy High School

IMG_5864 - Mayra AcevedoMy club is the ECO Club, and early in the morning we were all very excited to go out and collect the garbage that builds up on the beach. My club members were very motivated so right when we got to the beach everyone wanted to get started. After we had our first safety talk, we split up into our groups where we got our hands dirty to clean up the beach. After about 2 hours we came together to see our progress and all the trash we collected and compared data cards, and at the end we through the garbage and way in a trash can!

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We found more straws then we though we would but all in all it was a great time. I believe we could get more of our members to attend next time, but it was a great experience. It made my club members feel like they were truly making a difference!

Find ECO Club on Instagram!: @eco.steam0210

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MKHS Cleans Ballona Creek

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Author: Valerie Dao
Club: Mark Keppel High School Heal the Bay Club

IMG_1015 - MKHS Heal the BayOur 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.IMG_1016 - MKHS Heal the Bay

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.

IMG_1021 - MKHS Heal the BayAs 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!

Local Saturday Beach Cleanup at Venice Beach

 

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Venice High School students at Venice Beach

Author: Claire Combredet

The club leaders, including myself, first arrived around 9:45 am at Venice Beach for our local cleanup. We organized the tables near the Venice Pier and brought gloves, buckets, water, and snacks for our members. We made a sign-in sheet for the members to mark the number of hours they worked, so we could later assign community service hours. Our members arrived little by little, signed in, and were given gloves and buckets. They then set out to clean the beach and the leaders took turns supervising the tables and equipment, and joining the other members for the cleanup. After a couple of hours, everyone returned to the tables for snacks and water and chatted. Around 2pm, we packed up the equipment and left the cleanup site.

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Bucket in hand, ready to keep the beaches clean!

At one point, myself and another leader, my friend Haley, headed out on the beach for our cleanup shift, and met up with a club member, Jack. He pointed out that he had found a drenched sock near the shoreline, which was quite interesting – not exactly in its natural habitat!

This cleanup was great, as always, because we were able to see our members in action, being proactive community members, which is a notion that is implied as a Heal the Bay member. In efforts to reduce our global impact, we have reused our buckets year after year, and hope to get more supplies to support future cleanups with the club. It would be amazing to to provide our members with the best possible equipment to show that we truly care about them and are thankful for their deeds. The project today made our club members feel like they were contributing to something positive and beneficial in their community, and were being proactive with their Saturday morning.

Follow Venice High School Heal the Bay club on instagram for more pictures from their events! @venicehealthebay

 

 

CCD 2017 – Campus Cleanup at Mark Keppel High School

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Members of Mark Keppel High School’s Heal the Bay Club

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.

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Taking a break from cleaning trash to pose for a photo!

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.

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An interesting find during the cleanup!

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.

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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