The Guardians Club makes community and cultural connections
The Ocean Guardians Club is an after school program taught by Mr. Geoff Hunt and Mr. Manny Rodriguez. The 28 students learn about ocean animals, ocean biomes, ecological issues, and sharks. One club requirement is volunteering off-base to help clean up a beach!
The club has participated in TWO beach clean ups, both in the Toguchi Beach Park neighborhood.
“I was stunned at how many students showed up with their parents and siblings,” said Mr. Hunt. “There must have been 40 to 50 people at our first clean up! It was so exciting to see so many people committed to helping make the Earth a better place to live!”
The most recent event took place on 11/15 and was coordinated in conjunction with ‘Aqua Fes’, a Japanese organization dedicated to holding clean-up events all across Japan. This time, 40+ club volunteers and family members showed up and joined forces with 300+ Japanese volunteers from all over the island to help scrub the Toguchi Beach Park area free of garbage and other debris. Every volunteer received a towel, a set of gloves, a small handy pack with garbage bags and other information. All left with the satisfaction of beautifying yet another place that makes Okinawa so special to both Americans and the local Okinawans. At the end of the day, a local performer played by candlelight as the sun set in the background.
One parent commented, “We have lived on Okinawa for over 15 years, and all of my boys were born here. It is important for them to understand not only the importance of giving back, but also the requirement we all share in making our planet better for future generations. This club has done a great job bringing Okinawa to the school level.”