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Ninth Graders Help Clean Up the Bay

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A group of students from Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus got a first-hand look at the environmental impacts of pollution when they went out on the water with Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. in early April.

More than 30 members of the Helping Hands Club, a student community service organization, joined the environmental group for a spring cleanup of the Great South Bay. The day began with a 40-minute lesson at the S.P.L.A.S.H. headquarters in Freeport about how pollution on Long Island over the past 50 years has negatively affected the environment, and what the future impacts would be if there is not change.

Students suited up in lifejackets and work gloves, then got on a boat and took a short ride to an island in the bay. They got to work right away, with many students saying they could not believe how much trash was on just one little island. After filling up many garbage bags, along with collecting large items such as pieces of foam and crates, the ninth graders got back on the boat and traveled to a marina to properly dispose of the trash.

“I always want to help out when I can,” Colin M. said. “The ocean is very important to me and it’s important to keep it clean.”

Colin said he was very impressed by the passion that Operation S.P.L.A.S.H members have for their environment.