On February 16th, Sanibel Sea School and clothing store Fresh Produce will team up to host an ocean ceremony and beach cleanup for the Sanibel community. The morning will begin at 10 AM with Sanibel Sea School’s traditional “Give Your Worries to the Sea” ritual, which will be followed by a short beach cleanup and a reception. Fresh Produce Founder Mary Ellen Vernon will also give a short talk titled “Cliff Notes on Life While Building a Business.”
“Every year, participants in our Winter Camp sessions write their worries from the past year on slips of paper,” said Chrissy Basturk, Sanibel Sea School’s Development Coordinator, “then we burn them in a bonfire and sprinkle the ashes into the sea.” The tradition is cherished by campers as a way to start the new year with a clean slate, and those planning the event believe it is something adults will enjoy as well.
Basturk, who worked as a manager for Fresh Produce for 18 years before joining Sanibel Sea School, thinks this is an excellent way to bring a local business and a nonprofit organization together to do good for the community. “In addition to cleaning up the beach, Fresh Produce is designing a special edition t-shirt for us,” said Basturk. “Proceeds from the shirt will support scholarships for kids in need to attend our programs throughout the year. We are very excited about this new partnership.”