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Crestwood Middle School

Summary
Students led the development and implementation of the maintenance and improvement of the buffer garden by utilizing community exports, using technology, practicing communication skills, and real-world application. Students were divided up into divisions according to the project portion. Each division was in charge of researching and developing a solution to each portion. For example, one division was in charge of designing and purchasing the information signs for the garden. Another division researched cost effective erosion prevention, while a third division worked on the schematics of presenting to elementary students. All students met with members from Plaster Creek Stewards to learn about water pollutants entering our local waterways and preventative measures. Students applied the information from Plaster Creek Stewards and research to complete the maintenance and improvement of the garden while educating our young community.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
This project provided students with a feeling of empowerment and responsibility of their own learning. Students walked away with the realization of solving a problem outdoors in their own community is possible. This learning experience led to a lifelong interest in the environment and brought a greater awareness of the world around them.

Number of Students
91

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Plaster Creek Stewards
Rebecca Marquardt, landscape architect

Funders
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Tags
buffer garden, erosion prevention, community education

Summary
Students began the project with a walk around the campus to find an appropriate area for planting a buffer garden. During a day of heavy rain, we went outside to see the runoff first hand. Students realized there were two main areas in need of a buffer garden. Students completed soil filtration tests on both areas. They decided on the area in our front parking lot.

On May 28, 2015 we broke ground. Students removed sod/clay and spread soil in the area. Next, we created a grid for planting using stakes and string. We estimated 20 plants per 5ft by 5ft section. Last, on June 10, 2015 Plaster Creek Stewards along with students planted the Michigan native plants.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr49RjekghM

Number of Students
82

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Calvin College – Plaster Creek Stewards

Funders
Baldwin Foundation

Tags
stormwater, runoff, native vegetation

District
Kentwood Public Schools

School Website
http://www.kentwoodps.org/ourschools/crestwoodmiddleschool/

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