‘Helping the world’
Zephyr Cove Beach is a little bit cleaner thanks to a dozen children from the Boys & Girls Club who spent time picking up litter from Lake Tahoe’s shore Friday afternoon.
Before the cleanup, Jane Flavin, recruitment and training manager for Caesar’s Entertainment at Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe, talked to the children about the environment and how keeping litter out of it is important.
Flavin said Zephyr Cove Resort allowed the group to come out to the property and the students were really into putting in the effort.
“It’s a well-received program,” Flavin said. “They can really be stewards of the environment.”
Boys & Girls Club director Matt Sampson agreed.
“It’s definitely an awesome way to explore the outdoors in summer,” he said. “Getting them off-site is awesome … and they benefit from the beaches in Tahoe so if they pick up a lot of little stuff they can see how much little stuff there is.”
Each child was given plastic gloves and a trash bag and spent about a half hour picking up litter – including beer bottles, cigarette butts, plastic caps and paper scraps – along the beach.
“A lot of people shop at Macy’s,” Alondra Rea, 7, said after picking a receipt out of the sand. “They should not be leaving stuff. It’s all trash.”
Boys & Girls Club coordinator Kelly Garrity said she thought it was valuable that the children understand they can help the Earth. She said one child told her she wanted to bring her mom out to help clean up the beach, too.
Rea said it was her third time participating in a beach cleanup.
“I feel so good,” Rea said about her involvement in the cleanup. “I feel like I’m helping the world.”
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