The original artwork created by three students from Los Angeles County’s Third District will decorate hundreds of beach trash barrels this summer, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl announced today.

Third-grader Harel Shapiro, fourth-grader Mason McLachlan, and fifth-grader Mikaela Friedheim are this year’s winners of the Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest led by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

“There is so much talent and imagination in the young people of the Third District,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “To see that creativity harnessed to put out such an important message, protecting our beaches and waterways, is really special. Harel, Mason, and Mikaela—we’re proud of you!”

The annual Can the Trash! poster contest brings together students in third, fourth, and fifth grades to design posters about why it’s important to keep our ocean and our beaches clean and healthy. The winners from each grade have their designs wrapped around more than 1,000 trash barrels at Los Angeles County beaches stretching from Malibu to San Pedro.

For more information about the 2023 poster contest and to view the winning posters from all supervisorial districts, click here!