Palm Beach County Students, Staff Leave the Scene Clean During International Coastal Cleanup
Students and staff from Atlantic Community High School, Conniston Middle School and Grassy Waters Elementary did their part to beautify Palm Beach County through their participation in events organized for the International Coastal Cleanup.
The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. During the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), volunteers cleaned up over 18 million pounds of litter from beaches worldwide. Many events scheduled for this year in Palm Beach County were rescheduled due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.
Conniston Middle saw a great turnout at their cleanup event, welcoming a total of 111 volunteers, 62 of whom were students.
“As part of the IB service and learning project at Conniston Middle emphasizing ocean plastics and marine health, I am witnessing Conniston Middle School students working on making personal changes, campus changes, and community changes regarding plastics,” said Stephanie Killingsworth, Science Department Chair at Conniston Middle.
“The International Coastal Cleanup event allowed the students to be the change and feel empowered to make a difference. It also gave them firsthand experience as to the impact humans have on our planet and the way hurricanes can push floating debris back on shore. In just two hours, over 2,500 pounds of trash was collected.”
Students and staff from Christa McAuliffe Middle School and John I. Leonard High School are set to participate in ICC events later this month. For more information or to register for coastal cleanup events taking place in Palm Beach County, please click here.