Sweeping the beach

Andrew Wagstaff
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Fossil centre, students join for annual cleanup

LOWER COVE – If it’s not millions of years old, it looks out of place on the beaches of Joggins and Lower Cove, but local elementary school students were working to remedy that Tuesday morning.

About 20 students from Grades 5 and 6 joined with teacher Denise Dickinson, volunteer chaperones and Dr. Melissa Grey from the Joggins Fossil Centre for an annual cleanup at Lower Cove Beach on Sept. 24. The effort was part of the nationwide Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, organized by the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre.

“We’re looking for anything man-made that shouldn’t be down here,” said Grey, curator of palaeontology at the fossil centre. “For safety’s sake, we ask that the chaperones pick up anything sharp, but anything that is trash is getting picked up.”

All reports were indicating less trash on the beach compared to its condition during last year’s cleanup, but the students were still recovering a range of material from empty firework cannisters, a knife, batteries, and lobster bands.

Having participated last year, Dickinson said the students were looking forward to the event, even though the weather was not as warm this time around.

“We’re always teaching them about looking after our Earth, and how we want it to be there for their grandchildren and their grandchildren’s grandchildren,” she said. “So we want them to have appreciation for the space they live in.”

The students were treated to juice boxes and granola bars before heading back to school, while the fossil centre hosted a barbecue for the adult chaperones.

“It worked really well last year and we will continue it year after year,” said Grey. “It’s a great initiative.”


Twitter: @ADNandrew


Organizations: Joggins Fossil Centre, Vancouver Aquarium

Geographic location: Joggins, Lower Cove

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  • Maureen Glennie
    September 25, 2013 - 09:59

    Positive stuff, good job and thank you for looking after our beaches. Way to go River Hebert students and volunteers.