collage of high school students in beach clean up
Pennsylvania Sea Grant invites teachers and students to make a difference in their community by hosting an ICC school cleanup. Teachers choose a convenient day in September or October when school meets to cleanup and collect data on school grounds and the surrounding neighborhood. After the cleanup is complete, the data is shared with PA Sea Grant to be added to the PA Lake Erie ICC data and worldwide totals.

Students and their teachers in local K-12 programs can join the effort to collect trash and data on their school grounds and neighborhoods for the 30th annual September International Coastal Cleanup.

The Coastal Resources Management Program and Pennsylvania Sea Grant once again invite schools receiving sponsored Tuesday newspapers that include the “Connect with your environment” page to make a difference by hosting a school cleanup this month. This effort is an important component of the CRMP funded pages to educate and involve local students in protecting the Lake Erie Coastal Zone. The results and student writing about the cleanups along with other student-led environment projects throughout the year will be featured on the weekly pages published in the Erie Times-News.

Many past participating students have started recycling programs and tried to come up with solutions to the litter problem at their schools. Their efforts and yours can help to solve this preventable problem.

Contact Anna McCartney to register your school or classroom and to reserve bags, gloves, data cards and instructions. If you don’t already receive the Tuesday newspapers, you can order them at or email


Partners: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Coastal Resource Management Program, Erie Times-News in Education, Erie County School Districts,


Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011