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NOAA honors Hueneme High for its work as an Ocean Guardian School

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Lunch time at many schools in coastal areas of Ventura County look like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “the Birds,” with flocks of ravenous and aggressive birds eagerly awaiting the promised waste from the leftovers students carelessly discard as they eat in outdoors areas.

At Hueneme High School, there are considerably fewer birds flying over the school’s central quad area these days, and those that do flock there are coming up empty thanks to the aggressive recycling program at the school’s campus.

The school was honored during a small ceremony this afternoon in recognition of its work as a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Ocean Guardian School $6,000 grant recipient.

Shauna Bingham, volunteer and outreach coordinator for NOAA, said the grant program allows schools in California that are located near marine sanctuaries to create conservation projects that will help protect the areas watersheds. “Hueneme High School was selected to receive an Ocean Guardian grant because they meet the criteria of being in proximity to the ocean. They created a stewardship program in the school with a research component,” Bingham said.

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