Grades of Green Youth Corps students teamed up at the Manhattan Beach Pier for the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day to pick up trash and litter from the beach. After hours of picking up trash, Youth Corps members collected 15 pounds of trash, which included 10 pounds of tar!  California Coastal Cleanup Day was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission.  Every year, on the third Saturday in September, Californians have turned out by the tens of thousands to lend their hands in support of clean beaches and inland waterways in the State’s largest volunteer event. This year, volunteers scoured shorelines and inland locations, picking up trash and debris at over 850 sites in 53 of California’s 58 counties up and down the California coast, from Mexico to the Oregon border, around San Francisco Bay, and at sites as far inland as Lake Tahoe. Early reports show the volunteers picked up 471,218 pounds of trash and an additional 30,530 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 501,748 pounds or 251 tons.  Thanks to our Youth Corps students for being a part of this amazing statewide effort!