NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s LTJG Sara Thompson, Cindy Among Serrao and Allen Tom, sanctuary superintendent, with students and teachers at Kapa‘a High School, receiving a $4,000 NOAA Ocean Guardian Award. Contributed photo

Allen Tom, superintendent of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, presented Kapa‘a High School with $4,000 funding for work as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Guardian School Program. The presentation took place Aug. 22 at the school, according to a NOAA news release.

The school has committed to protecting the ocean by reducing, reusing and recycling their trash, restoring watershed areas in their school and community, and reducing their carbon footprint.

A NOAA Ocean Guardian School provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and friends to participate in a range of environmental and sustainable activities that enable all students to be environmentally active and committed ocean guardians.

The NOAA Ocean Guardian School program is managed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, with funding coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.