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.
Led mostly by the environmental club R4, plans for the upcoming school year include the annual Harvest Week to encourage a reduction in food waste, "green" awards for Kris Kringle decorations and gifts, a clothing swap, and presentations to the student body on ocean health initiatives. Students in the Marine Ecology Research Program will also present research at the Western Society of Naturalists conference.
Environmental science teacher Lisa Marrack is coordinating the school's efforts, with support from Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School math and science teacher Kelly Miller.