Cleaning Up Our Bay


Jacob Latham

Key Club members standing in front of the trash they collected

Jacob Latham, Staff Writer

Coastal clean up is a twenty year effort where over 87,000 volunteers are dedicated to clean up our Gulf Coast each year. According to the Alabama Coastal Cleanup website over a period twenty years 1.6 million pounds of debris have been cleaned up off of our coastal line at the Gulf and Mobile Bay.

The Key Club students stayed at May Day Park from 7:30 am to 8:00 am to participate in the Coastal clean up. The students worked hard to pick up tires and wood, collecting almost a full truckload of trash. Sarah Sharif helped direct Key Club members to their appointed

Jacob Latham
Key Club members standing in front of the trash they collected

stations. She also gave participants checklist to help keep the students on track.

“I feel happy that we all came together to help our community,”  said Sharif.  

According to Key Club Sponsor, Mrs. Dabney, there were about 50 to 60 students that attended Coastal Cleanup. Daphne’s Key Club has been attending Coastal Cleanup for 5 years.

“I love that I can encourage young people to get involved in our community,” said Dabney.

Key Club is the oldest and largest service organization at our school and is a student led club. They gain service hours which look good on colleges applications and jobs resumes. Key Club organizes food drives, park clean ups, clothing drives, and serve the community.