My name is Grant Lewis, currently I am a student at Cal State Los Angeles. On Saturday, September 17, 2016, a group of classmates and myself found ourselves at the beach in Santa Monica. Although it was perfect weather to be in a bathing suit and waist deep in the ocean we were facing a much bigger problem then how to keep the sand out from in-between our toes. The professor, Ximena Hernandez, of our Technical Writing course had recently informed us about the Heal The Bay Project and we were ready to help, but we had no idea what was in store. When we arrived we were informed of some safety rules and precautions such as what not to pick up and what to do if we find certain items. Immediately following the safety tips we were each given a glove and then a bucket for the group to share. It is incredible the amount of cigarette butts and pieces of plastic that we found just by surveying the top layer of sand. Lucky for our group we ended up finding the garbage of what seemed to be a fun night, an empty bottle of Gin, an empty cigarette package, some ripped underwear, and even a condom(that is me, disgusted after I plucked the condom from the sand unknowingly).It is saddening how much waste is discarded on our shores, in our oceans, and just about everywhere else.
Please help keep our beaches, and our world, clean by doing your part in throwing away your trash in specified containers.