Santa Catalina School was recognized as an Ocean Guardian School for the third year—but the important work of protecting our watershed continues.
Just before Catalina received the Year 3 designation from NOAA for students' work in the 2019-2020 school year, the school secured another $2,500 grant for 2020-2021. The funding will allow Catalina to continue projects aimed at reducing plastics and water use, adding native plants to Monterey dunes, and lowering energy consumption.
Plans for the upcoming school year include beach cleanups, waste audits, planting native plants on campus, and using banners for celebrations instead of balloons. Students will also raise awareness through class activities and presentations at school and in the community. The work is led primarily by students in grade 6, with PreK, kindergarten, and grade 3 also contributing.
Science teacher Kelly Miller is leading the efforts in Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School, with support from grade 3 teachers Cris Ford and Marisa Tonini. The Upper School is participating as well, under the guidance of environmental science teacher Lisa Marrack.