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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Galveston Island
Check-in: Menard Park, 27th Street & Seawall Boulevard
Check-in: Stahlman Park, approximately 2 miles east from the intersection of Hwy 332 and C.R. 257 (Bluewater Hwy.)