The Saint Andrew’s School campus is located just over 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Every day, waste continually builds up and collects in local waterways and beaches. Saint Andrew’s students and faculty understand that they have a special responsibility to help protect the local coast and ecosystem.
On Saturday, December 2, Upper School students and faculty came out in full force for a beach cleanup to improve the quality of local marine life and protect the environment. The event was organized by the Upper School Turtle Habitation Club and sponsored by Gumbo Limbo.
Students and faculty arrived at the South Beach Park in Boca Raton at 8:30 am to register, pick up volunteer shirts, and enjoy a quick breakfast. At 9:15 am, the beach cleanup commenced, and with an overall goal of reducing the number of pollutants in the ocean, the volunteers picked up anything that was non-biodegradable and could harm marine mammals and birds. At 11:30 am, the group took a break for lunch, and some members even participated in a local Zumba class that was going on. Following the lunch break, volunteers returned to action and picked up more debris before calling it a day after 3:00 pm.
“Even though it was really windy, we had lots of fun,” stated Tuana Yazici, President and Founder of the Turtle Habitation Club. “Our volunteers felt accomplished in doing something that made a positive difference in both the local community and the world.”
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades JK - 12, Saint Andrew's School is both a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.