Edmonds Woodway High School Launches Save Our Shorelines School Club
Summer never ended at Beach Camp because we decided to continue our teen leadership and Save Our Shorelines programs during the camp off-season. We wanted to keep our ocean loving campers connected. After our first meeting, I was ecstatic because a few of our leadership team were so inspired they committed to starting a Save Our Shorelines club at Edmonds Woodway High School. To start the club Georgia McCallister, Chloe McCallister, and Casey Winslow asked me if I would be their adviser together with 'Townsend' their marine science teacher. Needless to say, I agreed and yesterday I spoke at the first official Edmonds Woodway High School Save Our Shorelines club meeting! I am excited as they have become our benchmark Save Our Shorelines School Club and the foundation for other students to create Save Our Shorelines clubs at their schools. Let me know if you are interested as we are really excited to have other students/schools become involved in the issues facing our ocean.
With my underwater photos and videos, I created a multi-media program to inspire the teens at Edmonds Woodway High School about how awesome and amazing our ocean is and reinforced our interdependence we have with the sea. Life does not exist without a healthy ocean. I shared the beauty, passion, inspiration and the challenges facing our ocean. During the Q & A, we brainstormed ways to rethink our relationship with plastic. Every student committed to refuse single use plastic #RefuseSUP and raise awareness by sharing with their friends and family.
It is great news these students want to eliminate and #RefuseSUP as even in their school, the great lie is alive. We do not need to drink bottled water. In the western world, we can drink tap water or filtered tap water that is much better than any bottle of water you will ever drink. When I entered their school, one of the first sights was a line of vending machines selling bottled water. I could not believe that our schools who have perfectly GREAT water you can drink from water fountains. I just want to shout to everyone everywhere to save their money and stop drinking bottled water. The only people who benefit from bottled water are those who sell it.
The EWHS Save Our Shorelines club meets again next week to brainstorm what project they will undertake to bring #RefuseSUP school-wide and into our community. All Edmonds Woodway High School students are encouraged and welcome to join the club. We are also welcoming them to our monthly teen leadership and Save Our Shorelines meetings on the second Sunday of the month at Beach Camp at Sunset Bay. Teen leadership at Beach Camp runs from 3:00-4:15 followed by Save Our Shorelines from 4:30 to 5:30 December 13.
Save Our Shorelines is a 503c(3) non-profit that provides marine science and educational support to Beach Camp at Sunset Bay. Annie Crawley is a member of the Save Our Shorelines Board and the Director of Beach Camp at Sunset Bay. The organization works with youth to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy ocean. Our planet has one irreplaceable ocean that gives us life! Single-use plastics are polluting our ocean. Save Our Shoreline’s provides ocean education, encourages ocean conservation, and raises awareness about ocean pollution while encouraging everyone to refuse single use plastic #RefuseSUP