OCEAN CITY — About 500 students from across the state swarmed the city’s beaches and Boardwalk on Thursday as part of the sixth annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange.
Sandy Huber, executive director of the NJ Clean Communities Council, admits that there wasn’t much trash for the students to pick up. They did, however, participate in a variety of educational and service programs, including the planting of beach grass.
“The goal is to bring students together from different parts of the state and different cultures to work on different environmental projects together on this one common goal we all have,” she said.
Each year, the program moves to different cities across the state. Wildwood was another recent beneficiary of the program, Huber said.
But while the goal is to leave the locations cleaner than when the students arrived, she said, another goal is to teach cooperation and team building.
The council is a nonprofit corporation funded through the state Department of Environmental Protection to implement various environmental and litter abatement programs.