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Students help clean polluted shoreline

Sixth graders from North Woolmarket Elementary help clean the beach. (Photo Source: WLOX) Sixth graders from North Woolmarket Elementary help clean the beach. (Photo Source: WLOX)
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After learning about pollution in the classroom, some sixth graders at North Woolmarket Elementary School experienced at it firsthand.

The students visited the beach for a few hours Friday morning. Armed with garbage bags and notebooks, they walked the shoreline picking up litter and debris. The sixth graders found all sorts of trash — everything from plastic and wood, to a large light bulb that may have come from a boat.

The youngsters have been learning about how litter tossed out on land eventually winds up in coastal waters.

"We've talked about pollution, and not just pollution that we find everywhere, but how pollution ends up in our oceans and large bodies of water," said teacher Heather Hanshew. "So the kids know when they see trash on the side of the road, that eventually wind may blow that into a ditch, which will blow that into drainage."

The students documented everything they picked up on the beach, and will study which types of litter and debris were most common along the shoreline.

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