The Saipan Community School took part in the 28th Annual International Beach Cleanup last Sept. 20 and 21 on Saipan and staff and students were able to collect garbage enough to fill 15 trash bags, according to pastor for community outreach Robbie Myers.
In all, Myers said, over 130 volunteers who make up the school’s entire population took part in the worthwhile activity that immediately took place after weekly chapel last Sept. 20.
The site that was assigned for them to collect trash was from Sugar Dock to Susupe Beach Park, including the park itself.
He said the trash they collected included empty food containers, scraps of paper, and even an old television set.
“The students and staff of Saipan Community Church were proud to clean up the beach and park so we can all enjoy the beauty of our island. Saipan Community School staff and students strive to be responsible citizens and are happy to participate in events that improve our community,” said Myers.
The 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup was coordinated locally by the Coastal Resources Management. CRM ICC coordinator Nicole Schafer said on Saipan, 698 volunteers were able to collect a total of 5,660 lbs of trash. In the entire CNMI, total of 10,290 lbs of trash was collected by over a thousand people.
Saipan Community Church, which operates the school, was founded in 1947 by Rev. Ed Stephens. It recently welcomed three new pastors to its fold: lead pastor Jason Warren, pastor of leadership development Phil Warren, and Myers.