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Thursday, May 22, 2003
Huntington State Beach, Magnolia and PCH, Huntington Beach, CA


More than 7,000 kids throughout the States and in Canada commemorated Ocean Day at the 10th Annual Kids' Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup. Cleanups took place along the Pacific Coast, stretching from Vancouver to Humboldt, San Francisco, and Monterey in northern California to San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and San Diego in southern California.

Seven hundred elementary school students from Santa Ana, Anaheim and Garden Grove cleaned up Huntington State Beach. After the cleanup, the students took part in an aerial art exhibition. This year students formed a design spelling out "OCEAN=LIFE" with an image of an endangered sea turtle, sending a message to all Californians that protecting the world's oceans is vital to human and animal life.

For the first time this year, the bags used to collect trash on the beach will be made from a biodegradable corn starch product, to help drive home one of the program's messages about environmentally responsible consumer choice. The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and the California Coastal Commission started the annual event in Los Angeles in 1994. With funding from the Whale Tail License Plate, this program is expanding to Orange County for the first time this year. The program focuses on reaching children in underserved and inland schools. Prior to the cleanup, the program includes a series of school presentations that teach how the storm drain system connects neighborhoods in the urban environment to the beaches and oceans and addresses the need for recycling and litter reduction.

The California Coastal Commission is the statewide coordinator of the Kid's Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup, the year-round Adopt-A-Beach program, and Coastal Cleanup Day. All of these programs are funded by the generous support of the Whale Tail License Plate Fund. Over 80,000 plates have been sold since 1996, raising more than $4 million dollars for marine education and protection. For more information about the California Coastal Commission's programs and how to buy a Whale Tail Plate, call (800) COAST-4U or visit

List of Participating Schools in Orange County:
Santa Ana - Madison and Heninger Elementary Schools
Garden Grove - O.A. Peters and Faylane Elementary Schools
Anaheim - Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Event Supporters for Orange County:
Huntington State Beach and Lifeguards
University of California at Irvine - Social Ecology program and Student Volunteers
Back Bay Productions
Sky King
French's Cupcake Bakery - Costa Mesa
Dietrich's Coffee - Costa Mesa

To view all aerial pictures for Ocean Day taken this and previous years, click here.

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