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June 8th was World Oceans Day and we’re spotlighting the beach clean-up project students from iQ Academy-Los Angeles (iQLA) recently participated in at Santa Monica Beach.

While K12-powered students primarily interact with one another through their virtual classrooms, they also routinely get together for community service projects.

“As a community, we feel responsible for helping our local oceans remain clean,” said Gary Gyultemiryan, a social science teacher at iQLA who organized the event. “The ocean garbage does not dissolve, hence the increase in plastic products in our oceans.”

iqla2While the pre-event lesson about how long trash lasts had to be canceled due to the windy weather, the students in attendance “received a sense of gratification by actually doing something about the problem, rather than simply discussing in class,” Gary said.

Students and teachers worked together to pick up as much trash as they could, and the event concluded with a picnic for the students to continue socializing with their friends and teachers.

According to Gary, “Students partnering with their teachers on beach clean-up generated camaraderie for both student and teacher alike.”


About The Author

Jessica Schuler

Jessica Schuler joined K12 as manager of corporate communications in July 2016. Prior to K12, she spent 11 years working in athletics communications at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2005-12) and at George Washington University (2012-16), supporting each school's athletics department and serving as primary media contact for several sports, including women's basketball. Jessica is a sports junkie who loves rooting for the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Maryland Terrapins and GW Colonials. A native of the Baltimore area, she graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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