3/28/18—Students from The Hamlin School won first place in the Middle School Student Division of the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) held in San Francisco, California. IOFF is an acclaimed festival of independent, ocean-related films from all over the world. Subject matters have included ocean adventure, science and marine life, sports, coastal cultures, and more.
Seventh-grade students Allie, Avery, Dani, and Helena were recognized for their film, Strawbucks, which interweaves detailed information connecting the use of plastic straws (in businesses like Starbucks) to the growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film features interviews with Hamlin students to create a powerful narrative, urging viewers to replace their plastic straws with more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as those made from metal or glass.
Click here to view the film.