Two Richland One Schools Receive Conservation Mini-Grants
A.C. Moore Elementary and A.C. Flora High schools have each been awarded $500 Conservation Education Mini-Grants by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. A.C. Moore will use its funding to establish a Carolina Fence Garden and A.C. Flora will complete a gardening and water conservation project.
Nancy Frick, a second grade teacher at A.C. Moore, is excited about using the funding to install of a Carolina Fence Garden on the school’s campus. A Carolina Fence Garden uses state natural and cultural symbols such as the yellow jessamine, the state flower; a nesting box for the Carolina wren, the state bird; and a chunk of blue granite, the state stone. “We think it is a great way to have habitat for wildlife and also teach the students about South Carolina’s native plants, birds and butterflies,” says Frick. “This project will help foster positive attitudes about wildlife to these elementary students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to connect to nature.”
Science teacher Lindsay Purdy is leading the gardening and water conservation project at A.C. Flora. “Our plan for this project is to expand our garden enough to provide fresh produce to our cafeteria. In addition, we want to partner with elementary schools to implement similar projects on their campus,” says Purdy. “The purpose of the program is to introduce students, faculty and staff, and the community to the importance of home gardening and nutrition.”
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