Students share shoreline wisdom

If you can't clean up your mess, don't make one, says Uplands Grade 6 student.

Uplands Elementary Grade 5 and 6 students from teacher Heidi Siebring’s class gave their time to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and shared their thoughts about their field trip.

Here’s a few of their writeups.

Did you know that half of the garbage you throw on the ground goes into the lakes and oceans?

Hi my name is Conner and I am in Ms. Siebring’s class (at Uplands Elementary School) and I’ll be telling you about the shoreline cleanup.

The shoreline cleanup is a nation-wide event where you go to the lake and pick up any garbage you can find and I bet you’re wondering “Why would you do this, it sounds boring.”

It’s for wildlife; like if a fish or any animal picked up a piece of garbage and ate it, it could die!

And that’s one of the many reasons we clean up the river.

– Conner Hawkins, Grade 6


On Sept. 25th, our class did the shoreline cleanup. We are doing the shoreline cleanup because we want the Skeena to have fish and no garbage.

Our class wants to clean up any garbage in sight for the fish.

Last year, we found a washer and dryer, mattress and much more.

This year, we found a fan, fishing nets, pop cans and more.

This should be the last year we clean up.

Now we should not clean up for you, YOU should clean up for YOU!

If you can’t clean up your mess, don’t make one.

– Bryce Neid, Grade 6


At the shoreline cleanup, me and my group went down near the Copper River to clean up.

We found lots of dead fish, cigarette butts, bottle caps and cans.

We also found an oven but that wasn’t by the shoreline.

We’re trying to stop polluting but that’s never going to happen if people keep doing stuff like this.

The whole point of the shoreline cleanup is to try and stop polluting.

Nobody wants every body of water to be filled with garbage.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a great event to take part in.

– Morgan Smith, Grade 5

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