Children from Sidney Preschool are doing their part to keep Sidney shores clean.
Beginning last month, children, teachers and parents from the preschool started a monthly beach clean-up. Their first beach was Robert’s Bay and then plan to hit a different shore in Sidney each month.
“I walk my dog on beaches in Sidney all the time and I was noticing how much garbage was around,” explained Early Childhood Educator Scharie Greenwood.
“At the end of the school year last year we talked about organizing a monthly beach clean up in order to teach the children about keeping beaches clean from an early age.”
The first clean up in Robert’s bay yielded lots of waste, including cans, inflatable air mattresses, plastic containers and paper. The school is pairing up with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (SODC) to use the garbage they collect in a new exhibit and to teach the children about keeping beaches clean.
“It will basically show all the types of garbage found on our beaches and how they can affect the ecosystem. We’re hoping it will be a really great way to get people to be stewards of the environment,” said Tina Kelly, the visitor experience director with SODC.
At the end of October, the children will travel to the beach along Lochside Drive (near Tulista Park) to clean those shores.