In addition to teaching at Fort Bragg High School, we hosted a conference call from WGSS Oceans. This is a Canadian group of young students who are trying to spread the word on plastic pollution and participate in educational efforts of their own. As of last count they have educated 54 out of their 100 student goal and are working hard to keep spreading the word.
Fort Bragg High School lead us to students who had great questions about our work and how they could get involved. We worked with the students to draft solutions using the Parley AIR activity, (avoid, intercept, and redesign)
Hosting 2 assemblies, one for the elementary level and one for the middle school level students this day led us to a small community that found our presentation enthralling. We left the school and saw students running around picking up litter around their campus as we drove away.
One of our busiest days to date, Ambrozini had us teaching K-5 students where we taught 10 classes over the course of 1 day. Reaching 220 students this was an awesome opportunity to get an entire school educated about the issues associated with plastic pollution and the marine environment.
After a morning presentation for the local rotary chapter we left to teach for McKinleyville Middle School where we spoke at an assemble and educated an additional 200 students. The students were highly receptive to our messaging and were inspired to take action.
Our work in the area led us to a presentation with the local rotary chapter. Events like this are critical to helping us reach different generations of people and change the perceptions of communities as a whole. Presenting to the rotary was provided us a way to access some much needed funding and helped us stir interest in a group of community leaders that have the power to make a significant impact in their community.
With Fortuna Middle School we taught over 100 students and similar to the elementary generated deep interest. After teaching some students reached out to us and we helped them get the appropriate information to set up an environmental club and take action throughout their community.
Driving south we got into Eureka and Fortuna and set out on our most loaded week yet. Starting off with South Fortuna Elementary and the most enthusiastic teacher we have met to date, we tackled nearly 200 students in one day and sparked massive interest in making a change at the school.
Our first school in California, Pine Grove Elementary brought some great students and our first assembly. We taught 80 students in a small gymnasium and had our first dose of sunshine since leaving Washington.
Our last school in Oregon, Azalea Middle School bought a great group of students that were highly motivated to take action. We taught 5 classes throughout the day reaching over 90 students and the excitement levels were clear as we left town.