The week after returning from Spring Break, WISH students
launched into a hands-on learning experience doing an eco-art
project called "Plastic: The Real Sea Monster." WISH students
collected and then sorted all kinds of household plastic items,
while learning about the potential dangers plastics pose to our
marine environment. Students from all grades worked together in
small groups to then assemble the sea monster, using various
plastic soda bottles, takeout food containers, PEZ dispensers,
plates, yogurt cups, small toys and more.
Artist and activist Amy Blount Lay created the project "Plastic:
The Real Sea Monster" for the Surfrider Foundation in 2009. Funded
by grants and donations, this eco-art project suggests that the
only sea monsters we need to fear is the trash we allow to enter
our oceans, lakes and streams. The ultimate goal of the project is
to educate and empower families to make better choices for
themselves and our diverse marine environments.
We are grateful to WISH mom Debra Xanthos, for organizing and
supporting this valuable learning project for our students.