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All Saints Academy

Summary
ASA middle school is located on the grounds of St. Jude Parish in Grand Rapids. This fall the parish installed a circular driveway near the entrance to the church. This project created a large empty circular drainage space. The 7th grade class at ASA researched plants that would best help prevent erosion and also filter the stormwater running through this drainage basin. With help from the ASA Kindergarten class and a handful of local community partners the 7th grade students selected plants and designed a native garden for this space.

The 7th grade shared their ideas with Fr. Tom and then began working with the City of Grand Rapids to be sure that this native plant garden would meet the requirements of the soil erosion permit issued for the driveway construction project. We have began collecting plants and worked hard to get the final approval to put plant in the ground. Due to City Permits and the Parish’s wishes we ended up picked a few alternative locations for our plants in early June. The 7th grade, we a team of volunteers from Groundswell and WMEAC plants 250 plants on the last day of school.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
The 7th grade has an understanding now of how”landscaping” can be more than just beautifying a space. They have been introduced to thinking about “working” plants and how they can benefit the environment they are in. Hopefully they begin to look at both current and potential environments and not only make these assessments on their own, but also begin to share our their knowledge with appropriate parties.

Number of Students
40

Number of Teachers
4

Partners
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
River City Wild Ones
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
Rain barrel, native vegetation, water, green infrastructure, parking lot LID

Summary
Students continued to learn about issues within our community regarding stormwater. Students planted an urban orchard on campus to help control erosion and stormwater near the parking lot. Students also planted native grasses to control stormwater runoff on the elementary campus.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJRjGTbeZUM

Number of Students
108

Number of Teachers
5

Partners
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Calvin College – Plaster Creek Stewards
St. Jude’s and Blessed Sacrament Parishes – Diocese of Grand Rapids
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks – Urban Forest Project

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, urban orchard, native vegetation, erosion

District
Private

School Website
http://asagr.org/

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