Thousands of students cleaned up Dockweiler State Beach on May 26. (photo courtesy of Kids Ocean Day)
Nearly 3,000 Los Angeles-area students participated in a beach cleanup on Kids Ocean Day on May 26 at Dockweiler State Beach. The volunteer effort gave young people a chance to demonstrate their love and care for the ocean. The students gathered for a large aerial art installation spelling out the word “JOY” with a heart in the middle. The aerial art program was created by John Quigley of Spectral Q, which creates aerial art.
“My team and I, along with students, teachers, parents and volunteers, [were] excited that we were able to finally go back to the beach to celebrate our love for the ocean,” said Michael Klubock, founder of Kids Ocean Day and the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. “Kids Ocean Day has brought a lot of joy to area students over the decades and we’re glad that we can continue to educate young people about the importance of taking care of our environment through a hands-on learning experience.”
Prior to the beach cleanup, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education hosted school assemblies via Zoom about the adverse impacts of trash and pollution on the streets, and how rain carries plastic debris into storm drains and the ocean, harming animals and polluting food resources.
“Young people are powerful and can make a huge difference even at an early age,” Los Angeles Board of Public Works president Aura Garcia said. For information, visit kidsoceanday.org.