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Local students clean up Cole Park

Posted at 4:02 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 18:34:30-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some college and high school students were spending part of their holiday week giving back.

A group was over at Cole Park late Wednesday morning. They were holding a cleanup event there.

It was coordinated by a Corpus Christi resident who is now attending college at the University of Texas in Austin.

She tells us an environmental project this semester raised her awareness about ocean pollution.

Especially the harm small plastics can have on ocean life.

“A lot of animals can ingest them. And what actually happens they'll eat them and they will fill like they're full so they won't eat and they'll starve,” said organizer Haley Svadlenak.

“So that's one really sad thing about the small plastics that you don't really thing about. Because you see the big ones entangling turtles, and all that kind of stuff.

But you don't think about the small things as much.”

Within the first hour of their two hour cleanup, the group collected over a thousand cigarette butts.