Our Progress

School Visits

Brookings Harbor High School

Brookings Harbor High led us to one of the most proactive discussions yet. With the high school classes we worked with throughout the day, we found the school could save over $500 per year by switching to reusable forks in the lunch room.

On top of this awesome discussion, a group of students decided they were going to take it upon themselves to lead a community level discussion about plastic pollution. We worked with these students to help them generate their own form of a presentation that they could use throughout the community.

School Visits

Sunset Middle School

Coos Bay Oregon, the town of all star runner Steve Prefontaine. Working in Coos Bay was awesome, the group of students here were highly engaged in our work and proposed many solid ideas that they could move forward with as a school to take action in their community.

School Visits

Tillamook Junior High

Similar to the high school, Tillamook Junior High took some extra effort to gain interest around the subject of plastic pollution in the oceans. The students we worked with here were more engaged than the high schoolers out the gate and the imagery presented in our slides captivated their imagination.

School Visits

Tillamook High School

Working in Tillamook provided a notable challenge as the rural community sits just inland of the coast. With an economy largely based on the dairy industry, plastic pollution in our oceans was a newer concept for the students.

After working with them through some exercises and with the support of some amazing teachers we were able to generate some genuine interest in the subject and get the students minds turning.

School Visits

Neah-kah-ni High School

Neah-kah-ni High may be the school that wins coolest name for this trip. The small town of Rockaway Beach, Oregon kept us going as we worked with students in a community reliant on the fishing industry.

School Visits

Aloha-Huber Park Elementary

Aloha-Huber Park. How could we not stop by to teach for a school named Aloha?! Our day at Aloha (pronounced ALO-A) was met by curious students and some of the most original Hawaiian Grinds on the mainland. We stopped at the local plate lunch shop, Roxys (utilizing our reuseable silverware and eating in so we could say no to the plastic alternatives) and had some grinds that as Hans would say “Broke da Mouth”!

School Visits

Prairie High School

After having a few schools fall through because of snow days we jumped on a last minute opportunity to come teach a lesson at Prairie High School in Battleground, Washington. Just north of Portland, we came to teach at Prairie the day after our fundraiser with Hopworks Brewery. Teacher Cody Barton came by our fundraiser to see what our work was about and the next day we dropped by to give his entire class the good information about plastic pollution.


Fundraiser at Hopworks

Our first fundraiser on the road, we worked with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon to host their FIRST EVER Community Tap Night. This event was targeted at engaging the community and bringing in some funds to help support our work.

Because Hopworks is a certified B-Corp and part of the 1% For The Planet, we were ecstatic to work with and learn more about the operations of the Brewery. The Hopworks staff were awesome and led us along a brewery tour. After the tour we set up a table and spend the night getting people some good information about plastic pollution over a few rounds of delicious beer!

School Visits

Long Beach Elementary

Long Beach Elementary marked our last school on the Washington Coast! The students at Long Beach were highly engaged and staff from around the school came to sit in and learn more.


North Beach – BEACH CLEAN UP

After an awesome day of teaching with North Beach Junior Senior High we set a clean-up for the following morning. We launched the invite after we had seen the amount of trash that piled up on Ocean Shores’ Damon Point. A protected bird sanctuary for more than half the year, we had seen items ranging from entire boat hulls, to plastic water bottles, and even micro-plastics littering the beach. With 24hrs notice we created a clean-up with nearly 50 volunteers.

90 minutes after the clean up started, fueled by coffee and donuts, we managed to remove 512 pounds of debris. Much of the debris we found had been carried in by the recent king tides. These items included 1/2 of that boat hull, multiple tires, countless water bottles, lids, firework debris, fishing line, rope, net, snack wrappers, and of course micro-plastics.

Donation of supplies and communication of the event was facilitated by the outstanding community of Ocean Shores and by North Beach teachers Travis Cluckey and Vernon Johnny Bruni. After a morning of hard work, we left the Ocean Shores community thriving and excited for the next beach clean-up that had been organized by one of North Beach Junior Senior High’s own students. All we can say to this community and school is Mahalo Nui Loa!