Cranford Burns PACE Students Stick it to the Dog River Watershed
By: Alena Oger, Gavin Mullis, Matthew Nelson, and TiTi Duong
On May 6, 2011, Mrs. Manley and Mr. Berg's 7th grade PACE classes took to the streets. It all began in their 6th grade E.Y.E. science classes where the students learned about rivers and how to track their flow. The students learned that what enters our storm drains pours into our rivers. The students completed experiments in their E.Y.E lab to test how sediment flows through the watershed.
The students realized that in addition to sediment washing down our drains, they were polluting our watershed by dumping things into our storm drains such as motor oil, paint, lawn clippings, and runoff from fertilizers and pesticides. The students realized that some of the things they do to help themselves, such as washing cars or using pesticides and fertilizers, were harming the environment. They were horrified that things like soap, paint, and oil were being dumped in drains and flowing straight into the Dog River Watershed.
The PACE classes learned in their Civics class that good citizens have a responsibility to inform others and better their communities. They decided to become active in protecting our watershed. Gavin Mullis said, "The community has provided us with an education, and it is time for us to apply that education to saving our community. This project is about informing our school and community about the danger of dumping items into storm drains and the effect of runoff on the Dog River Watershed. With this project, we hope to reduce substantially pollution by informing citizens of these dangerous threats to Dog River."
The PACE classes participated in the Dog River Watershed Clearwater Revival Storm Drain Marking Project. The students marked drains, used their geography skills to map their locations, and distributed information about the watershed to the community. The students presented this project to every principal in Mobile County so they could inform their schools about the impact students can have on protecting the watershed. Alena Oger said, "We had so much fun while doing this project. It only took a little to help our school and community a great deal!"
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I thank all of you for you for your supporting us to continue our work in protecting the enviroment! I really hope we inspire other schools in the mcpss region or anywhere in the nation to do the same to attempt to protect their community!! I hope that a tsunami of enviromental protection from fellow students will be started from this one ripple of achievment. Thank you all for your positive support
It was nice to know that during this project, that we were helping the community acknowledge our environment. We may have been real tired after all the walking during most of the project, but it was interesting and fun to do.
This was a really fun project to work on. We had a good time working on while helping the environment. Doing this project made me feel good helping the Dog River Watershed. I'm so happy I got this experience!! (:
Great Job!! I am so proud to see some of my former students involved in such a worthy cause. Everything we can do to help our environment and inform others on how to take care of it helps. You are all AWESOME!
It's the simple things we do, or "don't do" that have an enormous impact on our environment. When I was a teenager, I didn't give it a second thought about draining engine oil onto the ground. Little did I know that the very oil I was pouring on the ground could be contaminating my grandparents' well water not more than 200 feet away. Thank goodness I have been educated as to the negative impact on the environment our daily practices can be. We can do a lot to protect the environment just by changing our daily habits and being mindful of our individual "footprints".