The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education will host “Kids Ocean Day” beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4th at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.

More than 4,200 elementary school students from schools in and around Los Angeles will participate in a beach cleanup and create an aerial work of art to demonstrate their commitment to preserving the health of the ocean, and raise awareness on the harmful effects of litter.

The foundation will be joined by representatives from the California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles city officials and more than 4,000 students from approximately 30 area schools.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl from the 11th District, Cynthia M. Ruiz, president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, Dr. Suja Lowenthal, a member of the California Coastal Commission, and Michael Klubock, the executive director of the Malibu Foundation are scheduled to attend the cleanup.

Kids Ocean Day is the Los Angeles version of the annual international celebration of World Ocean Day. The event brings together students, parents, teachers, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, public officials and administrators who share in the plight of the world’s oceans and work for an increased stewardship of the oceans and marine life.

Participants help demonstrate personal responsibility in protecting and sustaining oceans by picking up cigarette butts, food wrappers and foam containers, plastic bags and bottles, cans, caps and lids, straws and stirrers.

This year’s artwork was designed by fourth-grader Rebecca Chan, the aerial art design contest winner. Her artwork will be in the shape of a fish with bubbles that say “Save Our Ocean.”

Dockweiler State Beach is at 8255 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Those who plan to attend may enter the beach at West Imperial Highway and Vista del Mar.

Kids Ocean Day is organized by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, with the support of the Los Angeles city government and the California Coastal Commission. For more information, www.malibufoundation.org/.

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