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In celebration of Earth Day, the Eco-Adventure Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel joined with Capistrano Unified School District for a Fifth Grade Eco Hero Essay Contest. Scholars were invited to submit a 300- to 500-word essay, a piece of art or public service announcement on “what it means to be an Eco Hero.” Sixteen entries were selected out of 217 and the winning students were honored with a whale watching excursion aboard Dana Wharf’s OCean Adventures catamaran on Saturday, April 18.
“Our teachers play a vital role in educating how everything in nature is connected and explaining the ripple effect once this delicate balance is disturbed,” Lyn Evins, director of resort experiences said. “Through this competition we hope to encourage scholars to better understand those connections and to inspire them to make a difference in their surrounding environment.”
The winning students will also be recognized by the CUSD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Kirsten Vital as “extra-milers” who have excelled in a way that benefits the district.