A thousand elementary school students and volunteers gathered in Mission Bay, Thursday, for the 20th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day.
The 4-hour event organized by “I Love A Clean San Diego,” began at 8 a.m. with assemblies held by the organization in local schools to teach students about the importance of the ocean and how their actions affect it.
Hundreds of students, were taken to Crown Point Shores in Mission Bay Park where they helped clean the beaches of San Diego, picking up debris and trash to prevent it from harming local wildlife.
Among the schools that participated in the event were Nye Elementary, Foster Elementary, Balboa Elementary, Pacific Beach Elementary, Wegeforth Elementary, Porter Elementary, and Hickman Elementary.
Just after 11 a.m., a thousand kids and volunteers sat down in the sand for 30 minutes to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime living art formation depicting a child listening to a seashell. They want to send a message of sustainability to the community to "Listen" to the environment.
Organizers began setting up at 5 a.m. They said it took more than 5 hours to draw out the image in the sand, and another 30 minutes to get the kids into the image.
The aerial art is part of the Kids’ Ocean Day celebration. It’s done in a handful of coastal cities in California.
This year’s image was designed by "I Love A Clean San Diego" Environmental Educator, Monica Rosquillas.
"I Love A Clean San Diego" has been coordinating Kids Ocean Day, including the aerial art, for 20 years.