- Ambassador: May 18, 2013
- Duck Creek Clean-Up
- Stockton: Duck Creek
Eight students from Venture Academy spent a spring Saturday morning cleaning up Duck Creek in Stockton, CA.
When asked how they wanted to give back to Stockton after returning from their Yosemite WildLink expedition, one student said, "We haven't cleaned up Duck Creek in a while." The students spent the better part of a morning picking up trash and painting over graffiti, with support from the City of Stockton.
The group managed to fill up the back of two SUVs with trash, including one discarded mattress. They also rescued one shopping cart from the creek after using the strength of four people to precariously lean out and drag it from the creek's center.
Over snacks and water, the group discussed "Broken Windows Theory": the idea that managing minor acts of vandalism in communities can actually prevent a mindset of chaos, thereby preventing more serious violent crime.