International Coastal Clean-up

International Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September. Last year, over half a million volunteers removed over 18 million pounds of trash from beaches, coasts and waterways in 112 countries. Trash on the beach and in the water is bad for the environment. Occasionally, aquatic animals or birds will eat plastic because they think it is food.  When they eat too much off it, they die.

On September 16th 2017, Alyssa, Kylie, Sharleen, Dan, Jada, Joshua and Kieu went to Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda and spent two hours picking up litter. Collectively, our group picked up over 700 pieces of litter on the beach. Out of that 700, 403 were plastic pieces! There were cigarette butts, food wrappers, packaging foam, and plastic sand toys. Some other things that different people found included a ceramic incense holder, dolls, sunglasses, and part of a Halloween costume.

Our group had the privilege of meeting Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, Todd, a Rotary Club member, and his daughters, Madison and Hayley.  Becca with the Park Service patrolled the beach.  We observed over 200 other volunteers that day!

Everyone came together because we wanted to have a clean beach and a healthy planet.  We didn’t want animals dying because of the trash choking the Earth.

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Donating $370 to ACCFB

On 10/13 my family and I volunteered at ACCFB. Collectively, we bagged 7851 lb of pears, that’s 6516 meals.  In addition, other volunteers bought 5 bracelets and we raised  another $60. The $60 was matched by my parents and turned it into $120.  In total we donated $370, that’s equivalent to $2,220 or 1,017 pounds of food and 832 meals to low income families!


Nature Conservancy and Friendship

My family and I went to Costa Rica in July and volunteered with Biocenosis Marina on their turtle conservation program.  We participated in their night patrols where we measured turtle shell length, width and flipper length, nest depth, quantity of eggs, laying time, and beach location.  We tagged them and watched the turtles return to the ocean.  We also did litter removal on the beach and census count.  We learned that only about 1 in 1,000 eggs will survive to adulthood.  This was the highlight of our 25 day trip.  While there, we met a family from London that was also volunteering. Jasmine and Freya were the same ages as me and Kylie. As a sign of friendship I gave a bracelet to Jasmine and Kylie gave one to Freya.