Florin High School students tackle unique environmental learning project
Rise and shine and get ready to garden!
On Saturday, October 27, a group of dedicated Florin High School students – under the guidance of science teachers Dana Chu and Kathryn Sleeper – and Caring for Our Watersheds staff from the Center of Land-Based Learning will overhaul eight old school planter boxes by planting drought-tolerant California native species from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Students received funding to implement the overhaul of the planters by placing second in the Caring for Our Watersheds environmental proposal contest. Florin students, the majority of which are ESL students, gave a verbal presentation to over 80 people at the final competition. Students won $900 for placing second in the finals and received $1000 to implement their project on campus.
Students will also install interpretive signs in eight languages to educate others on the benefits of landscaping with native plants, which include conserving water and supporting native pollinators and bird species. In the future, students will give tours of the planters on Back to School nights and other school events to educate community members in addition to the student body.
Video/Photo/Interview Opportunities: Media are invited to visit Florin High School. Visuals include students, staff, parents and community members refurbishing planter boxes. Please contact the Communications Department at 686-7732 to make arrangements to visit the school site.