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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Conservation District helps Middle School garden

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  • WALLENPAUPACK - Pike County Conservation District awarded Wallenpaupack Area Middle School (WAMS) $500 to be used in the school’s Student Garden Project. The Conservation District provides Environmental Education Grants each year for school classrooms or youth organizations to fund projects that complement the conservation mission of the District.
          Wallenpaupack Middle School students and teachers have been working closely with Master Gardener Bobbie Morgan to install a vegetable garden on the school grounds. Mr. Morgan, who volunteers his time, has been working closely with the teachers and students on the garden project. The funding provided in July 2014 by the Pike County Conservation District will be used to purchase supplies for the garden and Junior Master Gardener Resources to assist students in better understanding gardening principles and techniques. Teachers from sixth grade science and seventh grade science, home economics and wellness have incorporated the garden and the Junior Master Gardener resources into their class curriculum.
       Keith Gunuskey, Principal and William Theobold, Assistant Principal, and teacher Lori Christopher at WAMS have been working with the Pike County Conservation District on this project.
        "The Conservation District Board of Directors is proud to work with Wallenpaupack Middle School Administration, staff, and students and support this special garden project," said Sally Corrigan, Conservation District Executive Director.
    ••• Eleven projects supported
            The Pike County Conservation District Board of Directors established the Environmental Education Project Grant Program in 2005. To date, over $5,500 in funds have been provided to eleven separate projects throughout Pike County.
           Most of the funded grants have been specifically focused on youth conservation education. Youth organizations and school classrooms are eligible for grants of up to $500 for projects that support the mission of the Conservation District including natural resource conservation through leadership and education and sustainable use of Pike County’s natural resources. 
         Examples of projects funded under the program include: habitat improvement, native plant gardens, interpretive trail signs, outdoor education areas and similar. Over 1,000 students have benefitted directly from the grant program to date.
          More information on the Pike County Conservation District Environmental Education Grant Program can be obtained by contacting the District at pikecd@pikepa.org

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