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Grand Rapids Montessori at Fountain

Summary
The purpose of our project this year was to continue our focus on West Michigan watershed studies / issues. Our project continued to focus on the effects of nonpoint source pollution and how we can better our own practices to positively affect the local watershed. This year because of student voice, our project focused on developing a sense of place on the Grand Rapids Montessori campus. By continuing to focus on the needs of our school campus, our students determined what impact our school campus has on nonpoint source pollution around our school and in our community. Our students also determined how creating a healthy school campus can benefit our local watershed.

Students conducted stormwater runoff exploration and education activities both on campus and throughout our neighborhood. Students also adapted existing garden beds to capture stormwater runoff on campus. Throughout the year, students also were actively involved in researching watershed issues, conducting stream water tests, and participating in water testing activities aboard a GVSU research vessel.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Stewardship and service learning are integral parts of Montessori education. Our ultimate goal is to give students, teachers, and parents volunteer opportunities to participate in sustainable, hands-on projects that help to support stewardship in our school and local communities. We are meeting this goal each year through our project. We see our students act (and speak) to the importance of our local watershed and the environment. Our project has brought greater awareness to environmental and watershed issues by focusing on nonpoint source pollution in our school and local community.

Number of Students
107

Number of Teachers
3

Partners
WMEAC
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
River City Wild Ones
Urban Roots
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, impervious surfaces, campus redevelopment, neighborhood engagement

Summary
Our project this focused on nonpoint source pollution concerns around our school campus and local watershed. Our students had experiences with stream sampling/water quality testing in a local stream, the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, and Spring Lake near Lake Michigan. Our students also identified and stenciled a number of storm drains on our school campus and surrounding neighborhood. A third experience our students were involved in was developing a “Water Dance” incorporating pollution issues, performed at school and at the Groundswell Student Showcase.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79pGWHBp_bE

Number of Students
105

Number of Teachers
4

Partners
WMEAC
Green Fellow GRPS
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
Dance in the Annex
Josh Dunigan

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, storm drains, dance

District
Grand Rapids Public Schools

School Website
http://www.grps.org/montessori

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