Pope Francis tells us that we must be good servants of our earth! On Monday, January 29th, the entire school headed across the street to beautiful Kailua Beach to do just this! Thanks to the support and an educational presentation from Dorae Shinn from the Kokua Foundation, Kailua Beach Adventures, and Plastic Free Hawaii, the students and teachers learned about protecting our beaches from “micro-plastic” that the tides bring in. The students used sifters and removed bags of small plastic pieces before heading back to school.
St. Anthony School 5th graders recently participated in the launch of O’ahu’s first ever Permanent Beach Clean Up Station next to Kailua Beach Adventures. Spearheaded by Plastic Free Hawa’i’, a Kokua Hawai’i Foundation program, this project has been made possible by the efforts of several partners, including St. Anthony School.
As shown in the photographs, SAS 5th graders walked down to Kailua Beach to collect micro plastics using repurposed bags provided by the Beach Clean Up Station. In a short amount of time, they managed to clear 18 pounds of plastics that could possibly end up in the ocean, posing a threat to local marine life. Mahalo to Mrs. Thiel and Mrs. Maldonado for coordinating this experience that has allowed our keiki to set an example for how we can care for our planet.