Vineyard Beach Clean Up

On Saturday, September 20, the Vineyard community young and older joined with hundreds of thousands of volunteers at 5,583 locations around world for the 29th annual Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. It is the world's largest single day volunteer effort to clean up our beaches, lakes and rivers. Held at the Vineyard Haven Harbor, the Beach Clean Up was organized by MVYLI youth leader Katrina Lakis, in partnership with MVRHS Environmental Club. Every piece of trash was tracked and will be included in the annual index of global marine debris. Owen Park had the most trash.  There were 4579 pieces of trash collected. The top three: 3344 cigarette butts, 221 small plastic pieces, 205 food wrappers. Prizes were given for the most cigarette buts, and for empty Crystal Head Vodka (Dan Aykroyd's company).

MVYLI Youth Leaders: Katrina Lakis, Avery Hazell, Maisie Jarrell, Lucy Dougherty-Soares. MV Environmental Club: Emily Kleinhenz, Kelsey Moreis; MVRHS Students: Jared Livingston, Oliver Silberstein, Owen Singer. MVRHS National Honor Society: Lee Foraca, Julia Neville, Charlotte Potter, Samantha Potter, Sabrina Reppert, Michaela Rivard, Galya Walt, August Welles. MVRHS Alumni: Emerson Hazell; Oak Bluffs School Students: Lilli Ahearn, Caleb Burt, Sasha Lakis, Shelby Ponte, John Rogers, Taylor Rogers and Jusselle Wildanger; Cub Scout Pack 90 & 93: Jack & Matt Heyden, Oliver, Dan Larkosh, Linus & Dana Munn, Henry & Kurt Redfield, William Thorton; BioDiversity Works: Liz Baldwin; Tisbury Waterways: Melinda Loberg, Pamela Street, Gus Lewis; Vineyard Conservation Society: Signe Benjamin, Rob Kendall, Jean Lewellyn; Black Dog Sails: Erin Jackson, Jeanne Rogers, Sofie Suter, Betty Worlfson; and boaters. Dukes County Manager: Martina Thornton, MVRHS Science Chairperson, Natalie Munn, MVRHS Environmental Club Teacher: Anna Cotton, MVYLI Parents: Kelly Dorr Hazell, Abby Lakis, MVYLI Team: Sharon Engler, Maura Valley, Marianne Larned.

Free food thanks to sponsors:
ACE Hardware, Island Source, Black Dog Tavern and Newman's Own.



Martha's Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative

P.O. Box 4551 * Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 *