Nearly 1,000 elementary school students from San Francisco and Marin came
together to “rescue” San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on May 17 at the 24th annual
Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup.
At an assembly in each of their schools earlier in the year, the students learned
about watersheds and how they are personally connected to, and can impact,
their watersheds and the ocean. On May 17 they gathered to make a positive difference
in keeping beaches and oceans clean and healthy.
The first activity was a beach clean-up, which emphasized the positive impact
that each student can have on the environment. The second activity was an aerial
art project. The assembled sat in formation on the beach to form an image of a
hermit crab and sea star with the words “Come Together,” this year’s theme. A
helicopter flew overhead and captured an image of the students. The aerial artwork
was inspired by Sunset Elementary School third grader Natalie Kurpius, who
participated in the first San Francisco Kids Ocean Day Art Contest.
Participating San Francisco elementary schools included Alamo, Cleveland,
Longfellow, Sanchez, Lafayette and Sunset.
The Marine Science Institute organized the event that is part of a statewide
Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup effort. It unites children at a half-dozen
beaches along the California coast with similar clean-up events. The state-wide
program is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.