Ms. Taylor and Ms. Laimon implement “Plastics are Forever” to increase students’ awareness of environmental issues and expand science lessons beyond the classroom. Applying critical thinking skills, students examine the importance of non-point source pollution and the impact of marine debris on environmental quality, community health, and marine animals. Ninth grade students work with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation to study local beach sand and educate the public on their findings. Tenth grade students dissect albatross to study the effect of plastics and share their findings with elementary students. Finally, eleventh and twelfth grade students conduct a study of three watersheds and present their findings to local government agencies to promote policy changes.