On October 15, 2018, 15 members of MKHS Heal the Bay went to Torrance Beach for Coastal Cleanup Day. The club had partnered with a Torrance Pharmaceutical Company, Bachem. Bachem gave free t shirts to all of its volunteer employees and offered them to the club members as well. This helped club members and employees bond over service.
After listening to a safety talk, the organizers informed us that they hid 3 golden starfish out in the beach for us to find. If we found these starfish, we would receive a prize. We couldn’t wait until we could get on the beach to start looking for those starfish. We agreed to split up into groups and meet up at 11:30 at the top. The organizers gave us burlap-like trash bags to gather our trash in. These trash bags were emptied of their trash in a trash can and reused for new volunteers, reducing accumulating trash. There were already many people out on the beach cleaning up when we started. It was difficult to find trash on that beach, which was amazing. The city of Torrance kept a well-maintained and clean beach. My group of 3 looked in the clumps of seaweed to find trash, and found many tiny bits of Styrofoam. But there was not much trash that was visible. As we were walking around the coastline, we bumped into many other groups who were cleaning up, including people from high school environmental classes, Boeing, Honda, and elementary classes. While the club members and majority of beach volunteers focused on finding trash to pick up on the beach and finding the starfish, my parents walked up to the beach parking lot. They were surprised to see how much trash was up there, compared to the small amount of trash down at the beach. They filled their bag with trash within 10 minutes. Meanwhile, my group was still searching for trash down at the beach. We found a dinosaur toy a kid left behind and the bottom part of a shoe. Time passed by very quickly and soon it was 11:30. The club members met up at a booth to turn in our trash bags. As a thank-you for volunteering, the City of Torrance allowed us to choose one of 3 environmentally friendly gifts: a reusable metal straw with a pipe cleaner, a set of bamboo utensils, or a t-shirt that said “Save Our Beaches.” We were also given a voucher for a taco-truck lunch. During lunch, the employees from Bachem and the members from MKHS Heal the Bay were able to bond some more. We thanked them for allowing us to partner up with them for Coastal Cleanup Day.
The project made club members realize how much clean environments should be respected and maintained. I have always enjoyed participating in community cleanups, and was glad to share the experience with many of the club members. Our club would like to thank the Bachem company again for letting us work with them.
Author: Mayra Acevedo
Club: ECO Club at STEAM Legacy High School
My 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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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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
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
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
Pilgrim School Takes on the Bag Monster at the Youth Summit
Pilgrim School Gets to Know Heal the Bay this Fall
By: Mek Worate
Students at Pilgrim School have really jumped into service learning this school year! As Mek Worate explains, from cleanups to campaigning for Prop 67, Pilgrim School have become blue-star healers of the bay. Continue reading
Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club hits the pier for Coastal Cleanup Day
SaMoHi Joins Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
By Katie Osaki; Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club
On Sept. 17, our club participated in the Coastal Cleanup Day at the Santa Monica Pier location. We were part of an international effort organized by the Ocean Conservancy in which 90 countries participate and over 600,000 volunteers come out to clean the coast. Here in LA County, Heal the Bay oversees 50 coastal and inland sites where 10,000 people collected 30,000 pounds of trash! Continue reading
Keeping our beaches clean takes buckets of work
Venice High Cleans Venice Beach
By: Chris Selvo; Venice High School’s Heal the Bay Club
It was Saturday, September 10th, when Venice High School Heal the Bay went out on an excursion for a beach cleanup at Venice Pier. A dozen avid volunteers from the club humbly dedicated a few hours of their day, from 10am to 1pm, to picking up litter off the shore. Continue reading
By Esmeralda Suarez, President of Lawndale Heal the Bay Club
In February, Lawndale High School’s Heal the Bay Club picked up trash from the Dockweiler Beach shore as they completed the first of three cleanups in the Adopt-a-Beach Program.
Our club had its first beach cleanup at Dockweiler Beach back in February, where the club members picked up trash on the shore from 9-11 A.M. Continue reading