Georgia Conservancy Recognizes 10 Schools for Environmental Projects

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Georgia Conservancy

    ATLANTA, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Building a
 wetland, writing and producing plays with environmental messages, a native
 plant give-away, and Adopt-A-Stream initiatives are among the middle and high
 school environmental projects that The Georgia Conservancy will honor in its
 third annual Youth Environmental Symposium (YES).
     The Georgia Conservancy organizes YES annually to encourage schools and
 clubs to design and implement projects that address environmental issues in
 their local communities.  The competition is open to all middle and high
 schools in Georgia.  The 10 finalists will present their projects to a panel
 of judges Friday, April 27 at Zoo Atlanta Conservation Action Resource Center.
 The winning school or club will take home a cash award of $1500 to implement
 the project or purchase materials for the school's library.  Second and third
 prizes of $750 and $500 will also be awarded.
     The panel of judges includes representatives from the Georgia Wildlife
 Federation, Columbus State University, the National Wildlife Federation, the
 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Georgia Department of Natural
 Resources.  Representatives from Ford Motor Company and Kroger, YES sponsors,
 will also participate in the judging.
 
     About the Projects:
     Banks County Middle School, Homer
     The 7th grade Discovery class is creating a natural habitat for indigenous
 wildlife of northeast Georgia on their school campus to create an outdoor
 classroom.  In a vacant courtyard, the students constructed ponds, tilled
 flowerbeds, raised earthworms, constructed fences and painted a mural.
 
     Cairo High School, Cairo
     Applied biology/chemistry students are addressing the impact of habitat
 destruction on cavity nesting birds in Grady County by offsetting the loss of
 natural nesting sites due to loss of habitat with suitable alternative nesting
 sites.  The students researched, assembled, mounted and monitored birdhouses
 for signs of habitation.
 
     Califf Middle School, Gray
     The 8th grade earth science class seeks to address the overall destruction
 of the environment by presenting four plays they have written to other classes
 and schools in their county.  Each play confronts a different environmental
 issue from littering to injured wildlife.  In addition to performing, the
 students also created an environmental newspaper to further support their
 plays and educate others.
 
     Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta
     The Green School Club & Advanced Placement Environmental Science Class
 plans to construct the ARCH (Active Riparian Commensal Habitat) to improve
 water quality in nearby John's Creek.  The major element of the project
 involves converting a detention pond into a retention pond and creating a
 wetland ecosystem to naturally filter pollution before it enters John's Creek.
 
     Harris County High School, Hamilton
     The Water Quality Team has identified areas of point-source pollution by
 monitoring and collecting data on the water quality of three major local
 tributaries of the Chattahoochee in Harris County.  In addition, they have
 conducted outreach programs on the value of clean water and various ways to
 conserve it.
 
     North Forsyth Middle School, Cumming
     As Forsyth County continues to build and grow, native plants are replaced
 by clean, neat lawns, and wildlife habitat is destroyed.  The students
 developed a plan to propagate native plants and have a native plant giveaway
 and educate the citizens of Forsyth County on the benefits of planting native
 plants in their yards.
 
     Salem High School, Conyers
     The 9th and 10th grade science honors program focused on water quality
 through local cleanup of rivers, ponds, and lakes in Rockdale; public
 awareness; and continued education by attending local environmental and
 government meetings dealing with water quality.
 
     Smart Move, Habersham County Homework Centers, Demorest
     The Smart Move Litter Prevention Education Task Force is a community-based
 approach to litter prevention.  Students have organized public meetings,
 designed a roadside litter survey, created signage, brochures, and posters,
 operated a hotline for phone-callers to report "hot spots", and taken part in
 clean-up activities in their county.
 
     Thomson Middle School, Thomson
     The Earth Club/White's Creek Doctors manage the school's recycling effort
 by collecting recyclable items and preparing them for pick up by the McDuffie
 County's recycling employees.  The recycling project is helping fund the
 purchase of Adopt-A-Stream supplies needed to test the health of the creek
 they are monitoring.
 
     W.R. Coile Middle School, Athens
     7th grade science students have chosen to build public awareness regarding
 issues affecting the Altamaha watershed.  Students created brochures, engaged
 in public speaking and educated others at public seminars and meeting.  They
 also created a traveling watershed exhibit for the Georgia Museum of Natural
 History.
 
     About The Georgia Conservancy
     The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide, environmental organization that
 uses advocacy and education to protect Georgia's natural resources.
 Throughout its 34-year history, The Georgia Conservancy has been committed to
 environmental education for all Georgians.  The goal of the Youth
 Environmental Symposium is to promote ecological thinking, specifically in
 middle and high school students.
 
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    ATLANTA, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Building a
 wetland, writing and producing plays with environmental messages, a native
 plant give-away, and Adopt-A-Stream initiatives are among the middle and high
 school environmental projects that The Georgia Conservancy will honor in its
 third annual Youth Environmental Symposium (YES).
     The Georgia Conservancy organizes YES annually to encourage schools and
 clubs to design and implement projects that address environmental issues in
 their local communities.  The competition is open to all middle and high
 schools in Georgia.  The 10 finalists will present their projects to a panel
 of judges Friday, April 27 at Zoo Atlanta Conservation Action Resource Center.
 The winning school or club will take home a cash award of $1500 to implement
 the project or purchase materials for the school's library.  Second and third
 prizes of $750 and $500 will also be awarded.
     The panel of judges includes representatives from the Georgia Wildlife
 Federation, Columbus State University, the National Wildlife Federation, the
 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Georgia Department of Natural
 Resources.  Representatives from Ford Motor Company and Kroger, YES sponsors,
 will also participate in the judging.
 
     About the Projects:
     Banks County Middle School, Homer
     The 7th grade Discovery class is creating a natural habitat for indigenous
 wildlife of northeast Georgia on their school campus to create an outdoor
 classroom.  In a vacant courtyard, the students constructed ponds, tilled
 flowerbeds, raised earthworms, constructed fences and painted a mural.
 
     Cairo High School, Cairo
     Applied biology/chemistry students are addressing the impact of habitat
 destruction on cavity nesting birds in Grady County by offsetting the loss of
 natural nesting sites due to loss of habitat with suitable alternative nesting
 sites.  The students researched, assembled, mounted and monitored birdhouses
 for signs of habitation.
 
     Califf Middle School, Gray
     The 8th grade earth science class seeks to address the overall destruction
 of the environment by presenting four plays they have written to other classes
 and schools in their county.  Each play confronts a different environmental
 issue from littering to injured wildlife.  In addition to performing, the
 students also created an environmental newspaper to further support their
 plays and educate others.
 
     Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta
     The Green School Club & Advanced Placement Environmental Science Class
 plans to construct the ARCH (Active Riparian Commensal Habitat) to improve
 water quality in nearby John's Creek.  The major element of the project
 involves converting a detention pond into a retention pond and creating a
 wetland ecosystem to naturally filter pollution before it enters John's Creek.
 
     Harris County High School, Hamilton
     The Water Quality Team has identified areas of point-source pollution by
 monitoring and collecting data on the water quality of three major local
 tributaries of the Chattahoochee in Harris County.  In addition, they have
 conducted outreach programs on the value of clean water and various ways to
 conserve it.
 
     North Forsyth Middle School, Cumming
     As Forsyth County continues to build and grow, native plants are replaced
 by clean, neat lawns, and wildlife habitat is destroyed.  The students
 developed a plan to propagate native plants and have a native plant giveaway
 and educate the citizens of Forsyth County on the benefits of planting native
 plants in their yards.
 
     Salem High School, Conyers
     The 9th and 10th grade science honors program focused on water quality
 through local cleanup of rivers, ponds, and lakes in Rockdale; public
 awareness; and continued education by attending local environmental and
 government meetings dealing with water quality.
 
     Smart Move, Habersham County Homework Centers, Demorest
     The Smart Move Litter Prevention Education Task Force is a community-based
 approach to litter prevention.  Students have organized public meetings,
 designed a roadside litter survey, created signage, brochures, and posters,
 operated a hotline for phone-callers to report "hot spots", and taken part in
 clean-up activities in their county.
 
     Thomson Middle School, Thomson
     The Earth Club/White's Creek Doctors manage the school's recycling effort
 by collecting recyclable items and preparing them for pick up by the McDuffie
 County's recycling employees.  The recycling project is helping fund the
 purchase of Adopt-A-Stream supplies needed to test the health of the creek
 they are monitoring.
 
     W.R. Coile Middle School, Athens
     7th grade science students have chosen to build public awareness regarding
 issues affecting the Altamaha watershed.  Students created brochures, engaged
 in public speaking and educated others at public seminars and meeting.  They
 also created a traveling watershed exhibit for the Georgia Museum of Natural
 History.
 
     About The Georgia Conservancy
     The Georgia Conservancy is a statewide, environmental organization that
 uses advocacy and education to protect Georgia's natural resources.
 Throughout its 34-year history, The Georgia Conservancy has been committed to
 environmental education for all Georgians.  The goal of the Youth
 Environmental Symposium is to promote ecological thinking, specifically in
 middle and high school students.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X39834072
 
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