Senior takes the lead for beach cleanup

Arielle Brown, a senior at Ball High School, is organizing the local Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup on Saturday. 


GALVESTON — Thousands of volunteers are expected to take to the island’s 32 miles of beaches this weekend armed with trash bags and seeking to make the island cleaner.

For the 28th year in a row, Galveston will participate in the General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup. 

At the head of the local cleanup is a veteran volunteer with the event, volunteer coordinator Arielle Brown.

Brown has volunteered at the cleanups for 15 years. This year she is taking over for her uncle, longtime coordinator Gary Schero. 

What’s all the more impressive about it is that Brown doesn’t graduate high school until May.

“It’s always fun to spend a sunny day on the beach,” Brown said during an interview Thursday, not sounding too concerned about the 2,000-plus volunteers that she is expected to be supervising come Saturday.

According to the General Land Office, Galveston Island is one of the most active volunteer sites during the annual cleanup, and this year, Brown is the youngest coordinator in the state.

“Arielle grew up volunteering at the Adopt-A-Beach cleanups every year, and I think is a good example of why Texas still has a bright future,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “The drive and determination and attention to detail it takes to organize the biggest beach cleanup in the state will serve her well in whatever she decides to take on later in life.” 

There will also be cleanups in Beaumont, Victoria, Corpus Christi and along the Rio Grande.

When they arrive at the cleanup sites on Saturday morning, volunteers will be given gloves, trash bags and data pads and then dispatched to different spots to collect litter. 

Brown, who plans to study psychology at Rice University this fall, said she was looking forward to the challenge and contributing to a good cause.

“I like organizing and helping to make our island better,” Brown said. “It’s a paradise. We can only keep it that way if we actually work at it.”


Local Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Sites

• Horsepen Bayou

Check-in: Clear Lake High School, 2929 Bay Area Blvd.


• Seabrook  

Check-in: Hwy. 146 north side of Clear Creek under bridge on Seabrook city side


• Bolivar Peninsula

Check-in: Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 930 Noble Carl Drive, approximately 11 miles from the ferry landing

Contact: Janis Bridgers, 409-454-4756,


• Galveston Island 

Check-in: Menard Park, 27th Street & Seawall Boulevard


• Surfside

Check-in: Stahlman Park, approximately 2 miles east from the intersection of Hwy 332 and C.R. 257 (Bluewater Hwy.)

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or

(6) comments

Stephen Maradeo

Good for her, And good for Galveston.

I like seeing the next generation taking pride in Galveston.

GISD Communications

Great example of our high school students giving back to the community!

Steve Fouga

People like Arielle are Galveston's best asset. Since moving here, I've been nothing but impressed with the quality of our volunteers. The spirit of community on the Island makes it easy to tolerate the occasional bobble by City government.

Terry Moore

A future leader in the making [smile]!

Steve Fouga

No doubt. Go Owls!

Norman Pappous

Impressive kid!! Makes us all proud!!

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