This week, Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School in Wilmington sent 98 fifth graders to the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) for a three-day marine biology immersion program.
The students will board a boat from Long Beach for Catalina Island, where they’ll participate in CIMI activities, including snorkeling, hiking, marine science labs, kayaking, and squid dissections.
Susan Prichard, a volunteer coordinator at Hawaiian Avenue ES, worked with the school’s principal, Luis Rivera, and the Hawaiian Avenue ES Foundation to secure a $28,000 grant through HCBF’s Community Benefit Grant Program under the environmental education category. The grant funding allowed Hawaiian Avenue ES to send twice as many students to Catalina than last year.
The goal of the grant is to introduce Harbor-area students to the environmental sciences and to learn about the unique marine life, biodiversity, and environmental issues that exist in and around the Los Angeles Harbor. The grant also includes a second CIMI trip later this year for Hawaiian Avenue ES 4th graders.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor assisted Hawaiian Avenue ES with two buses and drivers to transport students to the dock on Monday morning. Advanced Cleanup Technologies also supplied a stake-bed truck and two volunteer drivers to transport student sleeping bags and luggage to the boat.