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!
Nancy Frick’s first-grade students at A .C. Moore ES are learning what it means “to be green.” Students are recycling, composting, and making projects with reused materials.
My puppet, Dumpy, and I had fun visiting this Green Steps classroom!
A.C. Moore Elementary students searched for natural items on their schoolyard and glued what was found to frames they cut from cereal boxes. Students then glued magnets to the frames so the projects can cling to their family refrigerators. What a fun way to teach others that reusing can be beautiful!
A.C. Moore Green Club members with the help of Sustainable Carolina students picked up neighborhood litter, cleaned around storm drains and educated others by writing chalk messages on school sidewalks.
Green Steps Mentor, Chanda Cooper, taught Kindergarten students at A.C. Moore ES to make a vermi habitat with a used styrofoam cooler, damp torn newspapers, and some wonderful red wiggler worms.