My latest Scholastic News Article! Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

18 Jul

My latest Scholastic News Article came out recently. It is about the Washed Ashore Art Project, a project where trash was collected from beaches in the northwest US to create sculptures of wildlife effected by trash.

Here is the opening: β€œAn estimated 315 billion pounds of plastic trash are swimming in our oceans today. This mass of garbage is deadly to creatures that call the ocean their home. Yet many people are unaware of how immense the problem is.


ClickΒ HERE to go the Scholastic Kid Press Corps Notebook and read the rest of the article!

23 Responses to “My latest Scholastic News Article! Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea”

  1. itsybitsymom July 18, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    Great job as always Erik! Hope you are having a great summer!


  2. Alan Tucker July 18, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Amazing sculpture and wonderful arcticle!


  3. Joanne Fritz July 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Wow! 315 billion pounds of plastic trash is a LOT of trash! The sculptures are such an interesting way to raise awareness of the problem. Very nice article, Erik!


  4. Michelle Isenhoff July 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    I like this, Eric! What a cool cause.


  5. Genevieve Petrillo July 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    We love this article, E. The sculptures ARE beautiful and horrifying! The flip-flop fish. Yikes! That’s a lot of flip-flops. You were lucky to go to Washington to see that exhibit. Well done.

    Love and licks,


  6. Jemima Pett July 19, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    So glad people are collecting the trash and making something good out of it. If only we could skip the ‘throwing away and collecting’ part of the cycle.


  7. writersideup July 19, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Wow, Erik! I’m so “behind” on following the many blogs I love, I wasn’t even aware you were writing for Scholastic! How WONderful πŸ˜€

    The trash is a HUGE problem, and although this is one fantastic sculpture, it is sickening to know that all that stuff was trash in the ocean 😦 Going to read the article now!…


  8. nocturnalsworld July 19, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Great article, Erik! I love that you’re shining light on issues like these. It’s amazing how that sculpture manages to build something beautiful from plastic trash.


  9. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews July 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Erik, you are becoming a very good reporter. Do you choose the stories you write about? I love this story. The statues are cool, but so unnecessary, if only we would pick up after ourselves and not use so much plastic. I keep thinking of the mile(s) long trash island floating around the Pacific somewhere. Really wonderful article, well written, researched, thought out, blah, blah, blah . . . πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

      Um… Thank you? πŸ˜‰ Yes, I suggest my own topics, but my editor approves them, and gives me suggestions as well. I usually follow those suggestions. πŸ™‚


      • Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

        Yes, “thank you” is a good reply. I love your writing, it is getting better, your entire approach is very good. I’m impressed. Loved the article. Who took the pictures? Are you also becoming a photographer?


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks July 31, 2016 at 10:58 am #

        My mom took most of the pictures – I don’t really have a steady hand. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      • writersideup July 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

        Neither do I, Erik :-\ It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it IS frustrating! lol

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Patricia Tilton July 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Such a great cause. Great article!


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