SANDY HOOK, NJ - Governor Livingston Interact students participated in the 2017 annual Beach Sweep event on Earth Day, April 22. Sponsored by Clean Ocean Action, an environmental organization that works to ensure environmental responsibility the cleanup first started in 1985 at Sandy Hook with 75 volunteers. Students picked-up garbage and collected recyclables to help COA target illegal dumping and hazardous waste sites.
This annual event has had a tremendous impact since its inception. As noted on COA's website, "Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups in the world. In the spring of 1991, the Beach Sweeps went statewide and included sites in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties. That same year a computer program was developed to analyze the data collected during the cleanup. With the opening of the South Jersey office in 1993, the Beach Sweeps went statewide for both the spring and fall cleanups, and locations along the Delaware Bay were added. In that year, over 2,500 volunteers hit the beach removing over 130,000 pieces of debris from New Jersey beaches."
GL students are proud to be part of this tradition and look forward to the trip every year. The students learn a lot each year about environmental protection and the importance of keeping New Jersey beaches a safe and healthy environment for all.