Upper School Students Participate in First SLActivity

Last weekend, Experiential Education Coordinator Tom Handel drove a full minibus of 14 OES day and boarding students to Manzanita Beach. Their purpose? To partner with SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) in cleaning up the beach. They, along with hundreds of other Oregonians combed the beach for litter, most of which consisted of tiny bits of plastic that had broken down and washed ashore. Every year, common items such as six-pack yokes, fishing line, and netting found along the Oregon coast kill hundreds of seabirds, fish, and mammals.

The students left understanding how important it was to cut down on plastic usage in general. Tom remarked, "Because we take our students out in Nature so often, it is important that we not only teach them about how to leave no trace, but also how we can give back and help these areas to be around for future generations to enjoy."

It was not all work and no play for these volunteers, however. In the afternoon, they got some beach time and ice cream at Nehalem Bay State Park and Cannon Beach.

This inaugural outdoor program/SLActivity (Service Learning Activity Committee) is one of more activities to come. It is a fun and enriching addition to our important service learning program. Tom is currently organizing a trip to Mt. St. Helens in November, where Upper School students will provide service to build bridges on trails.

See our OES students exercising their Power for Good!




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