Island students are joining the Friends of Sengekontacket to help keep State Beach clean. In 2001, board members at Friends of Sengekontacket, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Sengekontacket Pond and its barrier beach, launched a poster program to help control trash on State Beach. This program continues under the name Carry In/Carry Home, displaying posters on the beach to encourage beachgoers to take their trash home.
This year, 80 students from the Oak Bluffs and Edgartown elementary schools submitted posters for consideration in the contest. Forty-eight posters were chosen, with prizes of $20 each handed out by board members Olga Church and Carolyn Stapleton at special awards assemblies at the schools. The posters will be laminated and placed at various entrances along State Beach. They will also be displayed on selected Steamship Authority boats.
The Carry In/Carry Home project is part of a larger Friends of Sengekontacket program to protect State Beach. The organization hosted a successful beach cleanup day on April 22. The organization is concerned with beach erosion, and volunteers plant beach grass and other plants, and install cedar shims and snow fencing in threatened areas.