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‘Debris Day’ on the Anacostia River with Living Classrooms

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By: Leah Henry

On October 24, 162 fourth and fifth graders raced across a beautiful wooden bridge, arching over the Anacostia River, excited to participate in hands-on environmental activities.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program was one of many Debris Day educators at Washington D.C.’s Kingman Island on Friday. Organized by Living Classrooms, this year’s Debris Day, which included cleaning trash from the park, was a huge success, bringing in more organizations and more students than previous years. The students spent the day rotating through nine different stations, laughing, learning, and playing the whole time.

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They spun the marine debris wheel of knowledge and read the question out-loud to their peers; some blurted out their answers, others consulted quietly with a neighbor, while others waited patiently with their hands raised. Even if they didn’t get the answer correct, they all left with a mental reminder that they play a big part in preventing marine debris.

Each group bounded from our table with marine debris calendars, activity books, and encouragement to help us spread the word to their friends and family.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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