Visiting Schools to Teach About Project Aware
This week has been truly inspiring. I took a couple days out of the water to participate in an educational outreach project and beach clean up with four independent schools from around Sanur. On Wednesday I went with Holly from Crystal Divers to one of the schools to talk about Project Aware and the environmental problems they are combating, such as ocean debris and shark fining. The students we were teaching were 3rd and 4th graders. These kids were crazy smart! They were really engaged and aware of the problems we are facing. They asked tons of questions and came up with some great solutions to battle ocean debris. Being back in the classroom reminded me how much I love working with kids. It is so important to get the next generation thinking about the problems that our planet is facing. These kids are already changing their habits and attitudes, which is what will really start to make a difference.
Beach Clean up with Sanur Schools
After a week of educational outreach came the main event: a beach clean up at Mertaseri beach in Sanur. There were 250 kids from Sanur independent schools helping the staff from Blue Season Bali and Crystal Divers clean up the beach. We spend two hours picking up trash while the kids tallied the types of garbage we found so we could send the data to project aware. We had all kinds of contests for the kids including who could pick up the most trash (we weighed the bags) and who could find the weirdest piece of garbage. Everyone had a great time and spirits were high.
A night of FUNdraising for Project Aware
That night we had a fundraiser BBQ at Crystal Divers. There were tons of different activates to raise money for Project Aware including silent auctions and a jail where you could pay to lock people up. It was a great night with lots of laughing and dancing, and the best part is we raised $10,127 for Project Aware!