TOHS Students Embrace Earth Month!

By Fallon Rabin

On April 21st, students at Thousand Oaks High School celebrated Earth Day with a special lunch time event on the campus quad featuring dozens of booths. The booths were setup to educate students about the human impact on our environment and how to get involved. It was an exciting day with many local environmental groups and organizations taking part. The City of Thousand Oaks, Heal the Bay, and many more, joined in the earth day celebration. Students also enjoyed raffle prizes and awesome earth day chalk drawings!

Bucket Tug of War with the Eco Warriors!

In spirit of the campus Earth Day event, the TOHS Ace Recycle Club and fellow students partnered with Heal the Bay for a beach cleanup at Leo Carrillo State Beach on Saturday April 29th. Approximately 30 volunteer “Eco Warriors” gathered at 9:00 am to show their environmental stewardship commitment! They set out on a windy but beautiful sunny day, with buckets and gloves donated to the Ace Recycle Club by Heal the Bay, to tackle the litter collection on Leo’s beach and parking lot. After participating in previous beach cleanups, the group was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively small amount of litter to collect this time. It gives us hope that beach goers are becoming more aware of their environment and disposing their trash in the proper receptacles!

After collecting the litter, volunteers sorted and separated the trash from the recyclables in order to measure and record the amount of each. It is important to record this information to measure and monitor whether we are making improvements in public awareness and which areas still need help. In total, 15 pounds of trash and 16 pounds of recyclables were collected! We are so thankful for all of the wonderful Eco Warriors that volunteered their time on a Saturday morning to show their love of the environment and help clean up Leo Carrillo beach!!