Students gather for annual clean-up

Students gather for annual clean-up

Amanda Balon, Staff Writer

  The annual Nautical Coast Clean-Up is taking place May 20 at the Jefferson Yacht Club. At the clean-up, friends, family, and neighbors have the opportunity to work with their community and have a fun time cleaning the lake.

  The areas that will be cleaned are Veterans Memorial Beach, Blossom Heath Beach, Chapitins Beach, and Champine Park. The clean-up lasts four hours and volunteers are offered free breakfast and lunch.

  One of the main reasons the lake is polluted is because of its own citizens. All of their trash gets washed into the drains, which leads to Lake Saint Clair.  With summer around the corner, people are going to want to swim, but what many do not realize is that the lake is extremely polluted.

  The committee that runs the clean-up also gives away a brand new kayak or canoe to a student at Lakeview, Lakeshore, and Southlake. If you do the clean up and you submit a application to win the kayak or canoe, you will be in the running to win.

   Mary Holton, ‘20, shared, “I love kayaking on Lake Saint Clair and to see the water getting so polluted is very disappointing. Helping out at the clean-up is a great way to help the community diminish lake pollution.”

  The waterfront advisory committee also gives out  $500 scholarships to three seniors at the end of the year. To earn this scholarship, you have to be active in the committee and write an essay saying why you deserve this scholarship and how you have made a difference in the community.

  President of the waterfront advisory committee Mark Balon stated, “We have about 300 people come out each year and we clean 50 tons of garbage from the lake and beaches. By having just this one day a year makes a huge impact in our lake’s health.”

  When some people hear about the clean-up, they do not think that it sounds like fun. They believe that cleaning is something you are forced to do and that no one would ever voluntarily do it. But what they do not know is that getting your hands dirty and actually helping out can be very rewarding.

  Zach Sargeant, ‘18, has been doing the clean-up for a few years now

  “By doing the clean-up every year we are taking a dirty beach and making it clean. It makes a huge impact because if we don’t do this the trash will continue to pile up and the pollution will be at its worse,” Sargeant stated.

  Clear your schedule and make time to come help the community save the lake. With more volunteers the clean-up with have a greater impact.