As part of Tami Lunsford’s marine science course, students are studying the issues facing our ocean today. Students were tasked with researching a type of pollution, creating an art project and then doing something to impact this type of pollution. Juniors Emily Dorrell and Nawel Hamroun focused on the impact of discarded plastic bags on marine animals.

With the help of Intermediate and Primary School students, over 5,000 plastic shopping bags were donated to Emily and Nawel’s project. Classmates, as well as members of the National Honor Society, assisted with the project by cutting, braiding and weaving strips of the plastic bags together to create sleeping mats which will then be donated to a local shelter. “The vast majority of these bags would have ended up in the landfill or maybe even litter blown into the ocean to affect ocean life,” said Ms. Lunsford.