PS 43 Students Join In Beach Cleanup
By Miriam Rosenberg
Students, parents and staff of PS 43, in conjunction with the American Littoral Society and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, took part in a fall cleanup collecting 1500 pounds of garbage on Rockaway's beach last week.
The annual cleanup began five years ago when the American Littoral Society approached Joanne Ellis (a teacher at PS 43 who serves as the beach captain for the project). Besides being a way for young people to become involved in their community, the data on each piece of debris gathered (as mandated by the American Littoral Society) is used for various school projects as students compare cleanups from past years to the present.
"Each grade level does a project on the data," said Ellis. "It's a huge school display based on the data. It could be maps, graphs or math problems."
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, who is looking to develop a park in front of the school and the beach, approached Ellis about the two groups working together. The cleanup started on Beach 29 Street, as 129 people fanned out to cover Beach 25 Street to Beach 31 Street. It netted 70 bags of debris of everything from bottles to socks to diapers.