Perrinville Creek clean-up an annual tradition for Seaview students

From left, Seaview students Alivia Blanchard and Hope Nakata work with parent Melinda Ekdahl. (Photos by Chad Emerson)
Students Collin Knechtel, Griffey Cuprynski and Rianna Scott are supervised by Emile Van den Akker, a landscape gardener who assists annually with the Perrinville Creek project.

For nearly two decades, Seaview Elementary teacher Bob Shepard has been bringing his fifth graders to Perrinville Creek  to remove invasive weeds and garbage.

This year, after students from the Edmonds school completed their work Thursday to clean up the creek, which empties into Puget Sound, the City of Edmonds presented them with  “Puget Sound Drain Ranger” badges.

Student artwork related to the clean-up effort posted in the Perrinville Post Office windows.

The effort at the creek began in 1994, when Shepard enlisted students in a streambank restoration project, and he has continued the tradition ever since. “We do this as a community service and also to help the Perrinville Creek because we raise salmon in our classroom and release them into this creek every year,” he said.

  1. Thank you for the many years of Community Service as well as teaching our youth the importance of environmental stewardship. Outstanding job Bob Sheppard and the Seaview 5th Graders

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