By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
Keep South Padre Island Beautiful (KSPIB) Committee Member Jan Whittington joined the City for their Coastal Days program last week. In celebration of the end of the school year, and in an effort to squeeze in some more learning before the summer lull, Point Isabel teachers brought students to the Island on a field trip hosted by the SPI’s Shoreline Management Department. Along with groups such as Beach Patrol, UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab, Surfrider Foundation, and the City’s Environmental Health Department, Whittington represented KSPIB to help educate elementary students about the importance of dune vegetation, beach cleanups, recognizing hazardous beach conditions, the City’s anti-litter program, the importance of marine life and more. In learning about the negative effects of litter, one student said, “Well, we’re not lifeguards, but we can be beach guards!”
Participation in Coastal Days is just one of KSPIB’s many new initiatives to educate the public, especially children, on the importance of their mission which focuses on engaging individuals to take responsibility for improving our community through litter prevention, beautification, and recycling efforts, to name a few.
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