Students at Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School in Venice helped clean up Venice Beach earlier this month.

After walking from the school to the beach, second-graders took part in a cleanup near the Venice Pier at the end of Washington Boulevard.

While teachers said it appeared that a cleanup had recently been done at the beach, there was still plenty of trash to keep the students working hard, as Styrofoam pieces and cigarette butts, considered the worst offenders of litter, were found.

Each group had three to six students taking turns holding the trash bags, tallying what items were found, and picking up trash with gloves.

The cleanup event was organized through the Santa Monica-based environmental organization Heal the Bay, which gave a presentation at the school and provided gloves and tally sheets to the students.

Third-grade students at Coeur d’Alene are scheduled to perform a Venice Beach cleanup in a couple of months, teachers said.

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