Cayman Brac joins Earth Month efforts

Layman E Scott High School students help clean up the Brac's beaches.

Residents of Cayman Brac did their part for this year’s Earth Month activities, which kicked off as early as the beginning of March for some.

Working with Yello Pages, the primary schools in Cayman Brac took part in the Yello2Green recycling competition, which was held between March 5 to 25, to collect old and expired phone books. Between Creek and Spot Bay Primary School and West End Primary School, 1,970 directories were collected. Abraham Smith, who collected 905 directories, won a $100 gift card from The Shoppe.

Both primary schools received a $250 dollar gift to the school’s Parent Teacher Association, as well as a pizza party sponsored by PoPo Jeb’s for the homerooms that collected the most books.

Melanie Shambaugh, marketing manager of Yello, stated that the collected books would be shipped to a manufacturer abroad to be converted into reusable materials, such as home insulation for energy efficiency.

Throughout April, a number of organizations got involved in celebrating Earth Month through various activities. On April 18, Layman E. Scott High School’s YMCA Adventure Club cleaned the northern shore of the island directly behind the high school, using lines and feed bags from the Goat Farm to clear trash, which eliminated the need for plastic bags to be used.

On April 19, three busloads of students and staff took to Long Beach where they removed balls of fishing lines, pallets and nets, as well as man-made rafts and other larger items.

On April 22, which was international Earth Day, the National Trust sponsored its annual beach cleanup in the Brac of the southeastern coast below the Bluff. Members of the community joined the beach cleaners in pulling up 31 parcels of garbage from those cleaning below. Groups such as Turtle Patrol were also involved in clearing beach areas that are known for turtle nests.

West End Primary School culminated the schedule of events on April 27 for a whole-school “dress-down day” where pupils donated $2 to the National Trust and wore non-uniform clothes. Pupils from years 1 to 5 cleaned the turtle nesting beaches in anticipation for turtle mating season. More than $400 was raised for the National Trust.