Westdale Heights Elementary Receives Two Grants for Environmental Education
- May 28, 2010
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School Science specialist Mary Legoria (pictured, right) and fourth-grade teacher Pam Fry (left) are co-recipients of a 2010 Environmental Education Grant funded by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Environmental Education Commission. Their project, entitled “Life Lab-A Real Life Experience with Our Environment,” is designed to reconnect students with the environment by providing meaningful real-life experiences in the school’s gardens.
Funds from the $2,000 award will be used to purchase special camouflaged benches for students to observe butterflies and birds, as well as materials and supplies to construct raised beds for growing vegetables.
Legoria also is the recipient of a 2010 Target Field Trip Grant for her project, entitled “Getting Our Feet Wet in Our Coastal Roots.” Westdale Heights is one of 38 schools across 18 parishes currently participating in the Louisiana State University Coastal Roots Program. Through this program, Westdale Heights Elementary’s fourth- and fifth-grade students have established a school-based wetland plant nursery, where they are growing native plant seedlings for use in habitat restoration.
Funds from the $800 Target grant will be used to defray the costs for a field trip to Alligator Bayou, one of Louisiana’s most historic wetland habitats. This outdoor learning adventure will provide an opportunity for the students to actively participate in the effort to rebuild our state’s rapidly eroding coastal wetlands as they transplant their seedlings.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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