Coastal Cleanup this Friday

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 11, 2019
Hundreds of local EF students will clean up trash on ten local beaches, while other EF school campuses in Hawaii and San Diego do the same

On Friday, April 12, 300 students from the EF International Language School campus on Chapala Street will spread out to clean up ten South Coast beaches from Summerland to Goleta, in collaboration with Heal the Ocean. For the last four years, EF Santa Barbara has joined hands with Heal the Ocean in a massive coastal cleanup to celebrate Earth Day, and now, the collaboration model has been picked up by other EF schools in San Diego and Honolulu. 

Also on April 12, EF Honolulu will be working on the Honolulu coastline with Hawaii-based Kokua Hawaii Foundation (founded by Kim and Jack Johnson), and in San Diego, EF San Diego will partner with the Adopt-A-Beach Program, funded by the California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Grand, and run by I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) of San Diego County to tackle San Diego beaches. EF Santa Barbara School Director Kristen Reilly says it is the school’s vision to further introduce the beach cleanup model to other EF schools on the U.S. West Coast, including campuses in San Francisco and Seattle. 

After the April 12 Santa Barbara cleanup at noon on the EF campus, HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser will join Santa Barbara City Councilmember Jason Dominguez and Reilly to salute the students, who will be celebrating with a barbeque party.

EF International Language School is the world leader in language education and includes over 40 schools and offices in 53 countries. In 2018, EF Santa Barbara was nominated among the top four finalists to receive the prestigious 2018 ACCET Community Service Award for the school’s active role in the Santa Barbara community. 


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