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Kids Kick Off Coastal Cleanup Day

The socially-active students from Monarch Community School will be out on an all-day field trip on Friday, Sept. 24, when they travel to Seabright Beach to spend the day cleaning and restoring the local beach. The beach cleanup is the latest in a long list of environmental efforts made by the students from Monarch, an alternative elementary school. In 2008, students collected 2,300 pieces of plastic from Seabright Beach and conducted research about the impact of plastics on native wildlife.  They developed an exhibit and wrote to government and museum institutions to share their findings. This time, the eco-friendly K-6-ers will return to the shoreline as part of an effort to participate in a large international program sponsored by Ocean Conservancy called International Coastal Cleanup Day.  The official Santa Cruz cleanup day will be Saturday, Sept. 25, so the Monarch students cleans will jump-start the efforts. Every September, active members of the community from more than 100 different countries get together to clean their local beaches and collect data on the millions of pounds of trash they remove. For more information about Monarch School, visit, and for more information about the Santa Cruz Coastal Cleanup Day, visit site.

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