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PHWS Projects 2013

Paw Paw Schools, WV

Paw Paw Schools – Paw Paw, WV

April 2013

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The 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th grade classes at Paw Paw Schools participated in a watershed education program provided by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society during the school year. The program provides 11 sessions dedicated to Watershed Curriculum. Upon the completion of the sessions students participate in a field trip to the Cacapon River. A day is spent at the river testing water quality, finding benthic macroinvertebrates, and playing watershed trivia games. These activities directly relate back to the in classroom lesson plans. This year the students planted 15 trees at the public access ramp at Fishers Bridge.
Science students from Carol Coryea’s class worked together to provide maintenance on the large 350 square foot rain garden installed Spring of 2012. The rain garden is functioning as a great best management practice (BMP) for the stormwater runoff pollution coming from the basketball court and up hill area. Aesthetically it needed some attention. Students started working alongside lead teacher, Carol Coryea, Cacapon Institute’s, Molly Barkman, and Suzy Lucas, WV Conservation Agency, to pull weeds and relocate the rocks in the center of the garden.
The rocks were being used to hide and hold down a drain tile. The drain tile was not providing the function it was intended for so it was removed. The rocks were used to create a visual barrier for the rain garden. The 6th and 7th grade classes worked to remove weeds and relocate rocks. The 9th grade class planted new native plants in the rain garden.
The 10th grade class added a new layer of mulch around the garden. Check out some of these before and after photographs.