The HLC campus is located on the banks of the Cantilan River, just a kilometer away from the coastline. Directly facing the Pacific Ocean, the school and its students witness, on a daily basis, the amount of ocean trash that pollutes our waterways, mangrove ecosystems, and beaches. As part of the school's mission to help raise the local community's awareness on environmental issues such as water pollution, the HLC has joined this massive global effort. While HLC students have been regularly doing beach cleanups through the school's Eco-Scouting program, this year the school pledged to join this worldwide effort upon the suggestion of Anna Dawson of the Plastic Free Philippines project. (Check out Anna's quest to raise awareness and to clean up our coastlines in the Philippines as she embarks on a 2,000-kilometer bamboo bike ride from the Visayas to Northern Luzon! Visit the Plastic Free Philippines page on Facebook.)
The International Coastal Cleanup Day is on Sept. 17, 2016. The school's activities, however, will not be limited to that day. The HLC is organizing three separate beach cleanups on the following dates: Sept. 7, 10, and 17. Other activities will include a photo exhibit featuring the underwater photography of scuba diver Joepi Paloma and a mural painting activity by the students.