Eco-minded Students Expand Reach During California Coastal Cleanup Day

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On Saturday, September 17, 2016, St. Anthony High School (SAHS) students took part in the California Coastal Cleanup Day, extending the school’s environmental focus into the community. The group of 18 students was comprised of members of SAHS’s AP Environmental Science Class, Environmental Awareness Club and Key Club. Together with faculty leaders Andrea Carothers, AP Environmental Science Teacher and Environmental Club Moderator, and Alvin Sanga, Key Club Moderator, they spent the morning cleaning the stretch of beach sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific where Bayshore Avenue meets Ocean Boulevard.

“I was saddened and blown away by the amount of trash on our beaches”, said Sarah Bancroft, SAHS Senior. “We worked hard and cleaned up a lot, but we have a long way to go. It opened my eyes to the problem and now I look forward to coming back again to be part of the solution.” St. Anthony High School students are slated to participate in several upcoming coastal cleanups throughout the year.

St. Anthony High School’s Environmental Awareness Club sorts through recycle bins every Tuesday after school. In addition to helping keep the campus clean, the money they raise by recycling is put back into their overall environmental efforts. Proceeds are used to purchase the gloves and bags they need as they sort through the bottles and cans, and to help fund visits to places such as the local tide pools for continued education purposes. This year, the Environmental Awareness Club is also selling reusable water bottles, which not only raises additional money for their cause, but also provides another opportunity to promote awareness and reduce waste.

In recent years, the school as a whole has directed its focus on creating systemic support for conservation and environmental responsibility integrated both inside and outside the classroom. Students everyday see on-campus examples such as: an iPad Program which has replaced hardbound paper books, solar powered school buildings, air filtration units in offices and classrooms, a hydration station which refills water bottles with cool filtered water, low flow toilets and no flush urinals, two six-passenger electric vehicles for local student transportation and one electric utility vehicle for facilities use. As St. Anthony High School continues to lead the way toward a greener campus, its students become ambassadors to the greater Long Beach community, creating a cleaner, better environment, one bottle, one beach, at a time.

St. Anthony High School offers a co-educational college preparatory curriculum with a wealth of extracurricular activities and leadership development opportunities. More information is available on the school’s website: www.LongBeachSaints.org, or by contacting the high school at 562-435-4496.

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