November 29, 2011
The Rewarding Life of a SOS Sanctuary Steward, by Curtis Luckado
Guest blog post by Curtis Luckado, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2011
"I had three goals for the summer of 2011. Do something that would benefit my local community, be outdoors as much as possible, and hopefully learn something in the process. The Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward program allowed me to achieve all three.
The weekly classroom lectures in early spring not only educated me about the many threats to our Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its marine life, but about the threats to marine life and oceans around the world. I learned about the dangers that plastic bags and Styrofoam pose to marine life, and was provided with avenues to proactively participate in the process of having them banned in my community.
But it wasn’t until I was out of the Steward classroom and onto our local beaches that the true value of being part of Save Our Shores became shockingly clear. I participated in beach and river cleanups in which literally hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables were collected. I walked the docks volunteering for the SOS DockWalker program talking to local boaters about the dangers of oil spills and providing free clean up materials, and I even participated in school presentations in which the importance of recycling was passed on to grade school children.
The most fulfilling moment for me as a Save Our Shores Steward was on the 4th of July. As I walked around the beach passing out trash and recycling bags, all while encouraging beach goers to pack their trash, I was told on numerous occasions how much my efforts were appreciated, and how thankful they were for my being there.
I had a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when I saw those same bags being removed from our beaches full of trash that would have otherwise been left on the beach."
Written by Curtis Luckado
In early 2011, Curtis accumulated so many volunteer hours in such a short amount of time, that we bought him a cake and thanked him for his hard work on behalf of our ocean. Curtis continues to remain one of the most active Sanctuary Stewards today, and we are oh so lucky to have him on team Save Our Shores!
Learn more about the Sanctuary Steward program and apply online today!
Posted by Save Our Shores at 11:47 AM