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3,500 students help clean up beach

LOS ANGELES — Almost 3,500 Los Angeles students, teachers and volunteers took part in the 22nd annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up at Dockweiler State Beach May 14.

The kids cleaned the beach and formed aerial art, inspired by Anahi Carranza, a fifth grade student from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando, who won an art contest for the event.

Students from all over Los Angeles formed a fish shaped in Carranza’s design.

The day’s activities began with a program involving city of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Commissioner Monica Rodriguez; L.A. Sanitation Assistant Director Adel Hagekhalil; Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and Kids Ocean Day Founder and Executive Director Michael Klubock; and environmental educator John Quigley of Spectral Q.

“Kids are often our motivation to pattern good behavior,” Rodriguez said. “They are our greatest, unfiltered reminder of how we must do everything to protect our natural resources, including our local waterways and the ocean.

“It’s their optimism and enthusiasm that inspires the continued innovation we must employ to preserve our

greatest assets.”