International Baccalaureate students from Allen D. Nease High School spread out across the 39-mile stretch of St. Johns County beaches for a Beach Cleanup project, according to a report received by Historic City News this afternoon.
The 155 freshmen and sophomore students who participated in the Beach Cleanup this year earned community service hours for their participation in the project.
“Eleven parents manned our three “check-in” stations; providing support by tallying each student’s trash collection and ensuring the safety of our students,” Nease IB Coordinator, Kim Hollis, told Historic City News. “I am thankful for the generous support received from Advanced Disposal, St. Johns County Solid Waste Management, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Anastasia State Park, and the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office.”
Students were divided into thirty teams of 3-6 participants each, and given gloves and trash bags. Each team was assigned a 1-2 mile segment of the beach. Team members spread out across the beaches and recovered trash including cigarette butts, aluminum cans, glass bottles, clothing, plastic bags, plastic bottles, discarded diapers and what was reported to be whale fat.
Numerous fish, birds and animals found on the beach included jellyfish, crabs, a pelican, two sharks, one of which was decapitated, fish heads and shrimp.
This effort is part of a continuing, annual Ocean Conservancy project, supported by International Baccalaureate students from Allen D. Nease High School.