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!
Dutch Fork HS Job Skills students made and donated eight finished bedrolls to Operation Bedroll for Columbia’s chronically homeless population. Each bedroll requires about 700 plastic grocery bags and 80 hours of labor (40 hours to make the plastic bag yarn and 40 hours to crochet.) Now these students are learning to weave plastic bags on pizza box looms.
The Dutch Fork High School Earth Club reported that the native All Spice bushes they planted recently on their campus are already turning green! The bushes were donated by local Master Gardener, Barbara Waters. Club members also planted pineberries outside their garden.