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Volume I, Issue III

More than 20 elementary schools, totaling nearly 3,700 kids from the Los Angeles area, came to Dockweiler State Beach for the clean up and aerial art photo.

Students Take a Stand in the Sand
at Kids Ocean Day

Thousands of Los Angeles area students gave back to the oceans on June 6th to mark the 15th anniversary of the "Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup."

The annual event brought together nonprofit organizations, state and local officials, students, parents, teachers, and administrators to focus on the health of our oceans, which is threatened by litter, illegal dumping, and polluted runoff.

More than 3,700 elementary students descended on Dockweiler State Beach to participate in a massive beach cleanup and to create an aerial work of art that signaled kids taking charge of caring for our coastal environment. The cleanup comes on the heels of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa proclaiming June 6, 2008 as Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles.

The beach cleanup was the climactic celebration by more than 20 elementary schools, which participated in assembly presentations held throughout the school year in and around Los Angeles. The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, which organizes the annual Kids Ocean Day beach cleanup, conducted the presentations on behalf of the Los Angeles Stormwater Program and the California Coastal Commission. The presentations address the Los Angeles storm drain system, link students’ immediate environment with ocean pollution, and compel students to take volunteer actions to prevent litter and pollution.

"Clean beaches and oceans start with clean neighborhoods," says Michael Klubock, Executive Director of the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. "The children have learned that if we all keep our neighborhoods clean, we’ll prevent litter from traveling through the storm drains and harming the marine environment. Today’s event represents the belief the children have that clean beaches and oceans are possible. Their aerial art piece shows that they are hard at work doing some of the heavy lifting necessary to keep that vision alive."

The Clean LA Octopus reminds kids that a clean ocean benefits more than just beachgoers.

A new element to this year’s event was L.A. Stormwater’s high school mentorship program. The program included participation of high school student volunteers that worked with the younger students. The high school students served as mentors to the elementary students during the beach cleanup, providing support, encouragement and motivation to the litter brigades.
President of the Board of Public Works Cynthia Ruiz alongside elementary school kids helping to make a difference.
"Life on earth depends upon the oceans’ health for the oxygen we breathe, the food that we eat, and a livable climate," said Cynthia M. Ruiz, President of the Board of Public Works. "Today, the Malibu Foundation with the City of Los Angeles, State of California, and thousands of our children and teachers said everyone must play a crucial role in protecting and conserving one of our most precious natural resources – our oceans’ health depends on our ability to stop littering and polluting the ground we live, work and play on."
OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE: Manager’s Message | Beach Report Card | Low Flow Diversions | South L.A. Wetlands

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