HKILA Students go green with beach clean-up and recycling scheme

As part of their environmental “Green Week” initiative, the children of DB's Hong Kong International Learning Academy (HKILA) joined forces with local charity Plastic Free Seas recently to clean up the beach at DB North Plaza.

Before they got their hands dirty, Director of Operations for the charity Dana Winograd presented the group of 25 children with information on how careless waste disposal results in pollution and adversely impacts our environment and sealife.

Enthused by what they had learned, the children headed to the beach to begin the huge task of cleaning up the debris that continuously washes up on the shore. Shocked at how much waste was on the beach, and nine full bin bags later, the students decided to brainstorm ideas on what else they could do to improve DB's environment.

As a result, the children have decided to offer their services to local businesses in the North Plaza, helping to collect and responsibly dispose of their recycling. School Principal Justine Barlow said, “We are extremely proud of the passionate hard work and creative ideas of our children. They were so inspired by what they learnt from Plastic Free Seas that they have started a new initiative where they now handle the recycling for our neighbours, including Bayside Dental and T8 Consulting.”

This latest activity is just one of the many community and charity events HKILA has been involved with this term.

In September, the school participated in “Going For Gold”, a series of fundraisers to support Childhood Cancer Awareness. The charity is close to the children's hearts because their classmate, Hannah Meeson, is a cancer survivor.

The initiative saw parents and students take part in a number of fundraising activities during the month, including a screening of the award-winning movie Until 20, making donations in lieu of birthday gifts, sponsored head shaving and bake sales, plus some very generous parents even offered the profits from their businesses for the month of September! Their efforts resulted in over $20,000 being collected for the charity – with donations still coming in!

“We’re a small school with a very big heart!” Justine says. “We’re delighted and humbled by the outstanding accomplishments made to these projects by our close-knit community of students, staff and parents. We hope to continue with our creative efforts to support even more exciting charity initiatives in the New Year.”

Well done HKILA! What a fantastic effort!

Images: HKILA

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