Aimee Cusimano, a third-grade student at Westgate Elementary, loves Edmonds’ beaches. But the doesn’t like the litter that she finds there.
So she decided to do something about it.
“We were doing a class project on persuasive writing,” said her teacher, Lisa Hamilton. “Aimee chose to write a letter to Mayor Dave Earling outlining the problem and suggesting solutions.”
Aimee’s letter cites solid examples of her complaint, including finding a sand castle and being shocked to see that it was mostly made out of trash. “The trash is everywhere,” she says. “It’s so bad that it makes me not want to go there anymore.”
Her letter goes on to offer solutions, such as rounding up her friends to make posters encouraging beach visitors to pick up their trash, and to do a monthly beach cleanup. She even argues that cleaner beaches would bring more people to Edmonds, and more business to local merchants.
Mayor Earling was impressed. So much so that on Thursday he made a special visit to Westgate Elementary to meet with Aimee and talk about her ideas.
The two talked for nearly half an hour, and came up with a plan to make posters and arrange for her class to conduct at beach cleanup.
“This is one of the most productive meetings I’ve been to in a long time,” said Earling. “I’m extremely impressed that Aimee went beyond just identifying a problem, and proposed real, workable solutions.”
— Story and photo by Larry Vogel