Sunny, breezy Edmonds kind of day for beach cleanup

Members of Edmonds-based Girl Scout Troop 41700 with Priscilla, the Litter Monster: Standing from left, Samantha Cullinan, Alyssa Larimer and Emily Flick, and kneeling, Katherine Walter and Lauren Brasanna.

Sunny skies and a warm breeze made it a beautiful day to be on Edmonds beaches Saturday, and an even better day to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup project. Volunteers of all ages donned gloves and filled bags of trash collected at the Edmonds Marsh and beaches during the local event, coordinated by the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat & Sustainability Project.

Those checking in at Olympic Beach Plaza were greeted by members of Girl Scout Troop 41700, where girls from the Edmonds-based troop were earning community service hours for their Silver Award. Alyssa Larimer and Emily Flick, both age 12 and students at Maplewood K-8 school, explained how they created “Priscilla, the Litter Monster,” an attention-getting creation that troop members designed and built from wood. Cleanup volunteers were encouraged to attach examples of collected litter on Priscilla, and also were invited to participate in a troop-sponsored scavenger hunt. Those completing the hunt had their choice of two handmade green-themed prizes, known in Girl Scout lingo as SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere).

Troop members made these scavenger hunt prizes, which included "Bee Green" and crab pins.

Girl Scout Troop 41700 include co-leaders Lori Cullinan and Kris Johnson, and the following members, all from Edmonds: Emily Flick, Alyssa Larimer, Samantha Cullinan, Katherine Walter, Lauren Brasanna, Lauren Lundberg, Claire Noble, Libby Otto, Amanda Paavola, Megan Pearl, Alyson Podesta and Ally Poirier. All of the girls attend Maplewood except Libby, who goes to Seattle’s Bush School.

Additional photos of volunteers at the beach cleanup can be found here.

  1. We love this article and we had a wonderful time at International Coastal Clean-Up Day. The girls want to offer a few corrections. In the top photo, Lauren Prasanna is kneeling on the right. All the girls in our troop live in the Edmonds school district. They attend Maplewood, Madronna, and Bush schools. The girls worked together to create Priscilla, the friendly litter monster, as part of a Girl Scout Leadership Journey. This is their first step in working to earn their Silver Award. Some of the litter collected on Priscilla included a gold watch, a sparkly shoe, and a pink umbrella.
    It definitely was a beautiful Edmonds kind of day.

    1. I’ve corrected the spelling of Lauren’s last name and added the different schools the girls represent in the article.

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