Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, April 2006

Holly Jantz, 732-872-0111,

COA Brings Learning to Life!

     Schools can still apply to attend COA’s 18th Annual Student Summit, sponsored by Commerce Bank, on May 16 and 17, at Sandy Hook.  The free event is open to public and private middle schools (grades 5-8) from northern and central NJ counties.  The program presents students with an interdisciplinary marine and environmental education experience that complements the NJ Science Standards.  Students experience a roundtable of six workstations and twelve interactive field activities, including these new field activities: fly-fishing with Bayshore Saltwater Flyrodders, and beachcombing with American Littoral Society.  To apply online, visit COA’s website (“Education” & “Student Summit”).

     This year, the Summit features a new partnership with Commerce Bank.  The company provides financial and other support to educational, community, human service, arts, and health-related programs.  Their Corporate Giving Program has contributed more than $46 million to nonprofit organizations.

     “Commerce is committed to partnering with local organizations to improve the quality of life for residents.  We want to help protect our environment, and also find fun and creative ways to keep children interested in math and science,” said Jim Kiernan, Market Manager, Commerce Bank Shore Market.

     In honoring its commitment to bring financial education to families and educators in the communities it serves, Commerce Bank created the Commerce WOW!Zone – a fun, educational, and interactive financial-literacy program aimed at providing children and teens with valuable information about money, saving, banking, and investing.  Visit for more information.


49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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