Volunteers from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local students came together for a beach cleanup at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center, a 162-acre natural sanctuary maintained by the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department. Students from Cunningham Middle School and Foy H. Moody High School worked with TeamCITGO to clear the beach of rubbish and plant native vegetation.
Caring for Our Coast, the company's environmental stewardship initiative, made the cleanup efforts possible. Caring for Our Coast projects strive to boost natural habitat conservation and restoration in the communities in which CITGO operates.
"We strongly rely on volunteers to maintain the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center," said Manuel Cantu, program manager at the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department. "The involvement of TeamCITGO at Oso Bay has helped improve the overall health of the preserve's wildlife and ecosystem."
"Areas like the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve are important to our community because of the opportunities they provide to our children to interact with and enjoy the natural world," said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President & General Manager Art Klein. "At CITGO, we understand the role education plays in driving awareness of and commitment to preserving natural treasures like Oso Bay, so we are proud to contribute to programs like this that not only protect the environment, but teach our children about its value, as well."
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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