2006-10-13 / Community

PS 43 Students Join In Beach Cleanup

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

With PS 43 in the background, participants prepare for a day of cleanup along Rockaway's beach.With PS 43 in the background, participants prepare for a day of cleanup along Rockaway's beach. 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.

Some of the 129 students and parents of PS 43 who took part in the annual cleanup pose for a photo.Some of the 129 students and parents of PS 43 who took part in the annual cleanup pose for a photo. The Department of Environmental Protection also took part in the day in providing giveaways to volunteers who took participated.


Volunteers fan out in all directions last Saturday to clean Rockaway Beach.Volunteers fan out in all directions last Saturday to clean Rockaway Beach.Carrying clipboards and bags of garbage some participants return to the boardwalk after cleaning the beach on Beach 29 Street.  Carrying clipboards and bags of garbage some participants return to the boardwalk after cleaning the beach on Beach 29 Street. Students from PS 43 search the dunes for litter. Each piece of garbage that was found had to be documented for the American Littoral Society's database.Students from PS 43 search the dunes for litter. Each piece of garbage that was found had to be documented for the American Littoral Society's database.

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