CORPUS CHRISTI - Students from San Diego Independent School District joined in on the Texas Adopt-a-Beach program Saturday. These students are part of the TOPS program sponsored by Community Action Corporation of South Texas.

Students joined other volunteers in the activity by cleaning up the area around the Cole Park in Corpus Christi. They picked up bags of trash that included cigarette buds, paper products and plastic bottles. 

The Texas General Land Office began the program in 1986 and since then there has been more than 529,000 volunteers who have removed 9,600 tons of trash from Texas beaches.

Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.