Letters

Hands-On Sisters

Aug 23, 2017
Courtesy of: Albert Nitche Grace and Ellie Sawyer, surrounded by other Beach Haven volunteers, celebrate their awards.

To the Editor:

While many adults may be commiserating about how difficult it is to get their kids to put down their devices, I’m pleased to recognize the contributions of two outstanding young volunteers who consistently dig in to help ReClam the Bay. Siblings Grace Sawyer, 12, and Ellie Sawyer, 11, of Weehawken and Beach Haven, were both honored on Aug. 18 with the Beach Haven Chapter of RCTB’s 2017 Junior Volunteer of the Year awards for their dedicated, hands-on efforts.

The Sawyer sisters have been filling shell bags and cleaning silos almost every Friday throughout the summer for the last three years. For each of the last two years they raised approximately $300 selling American flags over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Grace also devotes a summer morning each week at the Museum of N.J. Maritime History in Beach Haven giving a presentation targeted for young people, “How Do Clams/Oysters Help to Keep the Bay Clean.”

RCTB’s work building a living reef is important for the health of the bay, the land it touches and the people who live and work around it. The concept of shoreline stabilization may not be as enticing to young people as an Xbox, so we’re delighted that Grace and Ellie have found getting involved and getting their hands dirty can be fun, too. We’re grateful to them for their early and ongoing commitment, and we welcome others to join us.

Albert Nitche, captain,

Beach Haven contingent, ReClam the Bay

 

 

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