Harrison school gets $4,900 grant for project

CADIZ Harrison North Elementary School will receive a grant of $4,900 for supplies to equip an outdoor environmental learning lab with stations on composting and vermin-composting, butterfly gardening, weather, water quality and pond management, organic gardening and geological formations. The budget includes funds to train and certify added teachers at the school in the national curricula Project Water Education for Teachers and Project WILD, and the Ohio curriculum Windows on Waste, to present learning activities to 325 students.

Shawnee Dee Arbaugh, sixth grade math and science teacher, said the grant request was submitted in July. An environmental lab will be placed at the Scio school courtyard.

“It had to be standards based on our science standards,” she said. “It basically entails putting a weather station, a butterfly garden, compost beds, worm beds, a pond, a geologic station, and also there is money for Ipads in this grant.”

She added that the project will be a welcome addition to the school.

“It’s to be more hands-on with science and we also put it in there to help raise our OAA scores for science overall in the building, and also to involve the community in some way,” she said, noting that they have received grants and supplies from the area.

“I just want to say congratulations on behalf of the board and administration,” said Dr. George Ash, superintendent.

“I know the board and I know our administration team is very pleased with your efforts.”

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