Beach Cleaning Bonanza

Friday, 14 October 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 41 By  Vanessa A. Vanderpoel (IB2) and Jignil (Year 7)

Students from Garden International School have been on a bumper beach clean-up as part of an environmental project.

IB students, teachers, primary and secondary pupils left their school in Ban Chang, Rayong, on Saturday September 17 and made it to Mermaid Dive Centre in Jomtien.

After students were registered they got onto their allocated songthaews and were taken to Bali Hai Pier.

After taking a boat to Koh Sak, the beach clean-up mission began. Some students were given snorkeling equipment to clean the sea, while others used fabric gloves and black trash bags to collect the garbage, such as bottles, cans, pieces of foam and plastic. After a few hours of cleaning students swam back to their boat for lunch.

Students from Year 7 collect more rubbish from the sands.Students from Year 7 collect more rubbish from the sands.

After lunch students swam around for a few hours, with people jumping off the sides and going down the boat’s slide.

As the day drew to an end, everyone swam back to shore to get photos taken of the newly-cleaned beach. After heading back to land there was a special dinner to end the cleaning effort.

The day was part of the IB students Project Aware, which aims to raise environmental knowledge.

Then on Thursday, September 22, students from year 7 and IB2 joined together and decided to clean the Nam Rin beach in Ban Chang.

When students arrived at the beach, they were given a bin bag to put the rubbish in and then set off to collect the rubbish. The Nam Rin beach looked as if no cleaning had been done for a long time as students soon filled their bags. They even found two complete light bulbs and a giant fishing net that had been dumped!

The IB2 students that helped were Romy, Viraj, Rachel, Mint, Riz along with teachers Ms Morris and Mr Beales. It was a good experience for year 7 as they got to help the community and learn more about improving the environment.

IB students from Garden International School help clean up Koh Sak near Pattaya.IB students from Garden International School help clean up Koh Sak near Pattaya.

Primary and secondary students help carry out a huge beach cleaning operation.Primary and secondary students help carry out a huge beach cleaning operation.

Year 7 students celebrate after cleaning the beach.Year 7 students celebrate after cleaning the beach.

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