This year, volunteers removed over 150,000 pounds of trash from the Texas coastline through the Adopt-A-Beach program.
Trash on the beach has been a growing concern that now some are trying help teach good habits to young children.
This morning, students at Harlingen’s Bonham Elementary got a visit from Captain Crab himself for a lesson on litter and recycling. This is an ongoing initiative from Valley Proud Environmental Council. The students view an hour-long presentation with games, music and puppet shows on the importance of wildlife, trash disposal and recycling.
Jeorge “J.J.” Platas Chairman of the Valley Proud Environmental Council says, “On the coast many of our turtles and animals die every year, every day of trash. That’s what we’re trying to do is implement a conscious effort on the children.”
The group primarily speaks to Valley schoolchildren who in turn reach out to their parents about protecting local beaches.