Students and volunteers at AC Moore Elementary School recently installed a Carolina Fence Garden on the school campus. The Carolina Fence Garden helps students learn about SC’s state symbols and provides a unique, attractive habitat for birds, insects, and other wildlife. Funding for the Fence Garden was provided by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District through a Conservation Education Mini-Grant. Technical assistance for the project was provided by Jay Keck of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.
Students in Mrs. Frick’s first grade class at AC Moore Elementary School learned about weathering and soil erosion by conducting an experiment using chocolate chip cookies. Students used q-tips, toothpicks, and water to “weather” and “erode” crumbs from the cookies. What a delicious demonstration! Then, students created vermicompost in a classroom bin to learn more about one way of restoring soil to good health. Finally, students created posters illustrating the principles of healthy soil for the “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” poster contest sponsored by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. These posters are being used to educate the community about the importance of healthy soil!
Green Step Teacher at J.B Edwards ES, Nancy Platt, has been selected as a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators winner by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education.