The day of my presentation, right after their lunch, 300 students piled into the auditorium to hear me talk about what ODA does. Knowing that they probably didn't know much about marine debris, I started by telling (and showing) them about the wonderful animals that inhabit their coastal waters. I then got into details of damage abandoned nets and traps cause, and showed them lots of video of our work.
After the video presentation I took about 15 minutes of Q&A, and was then presented with a GREAT handmade poster from the students thanking ODA for all we do to save ocean life. That poster now resides on a wall in my office where I can see it every day as I conduct ODA's important work.
I am hopeful that these young people will continue to grow in their appreciation of our oceans and the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit them, and I am proud to be a small part their educational experience.