2017-12-08 / Education

DHEC awards local schools as Champions of the Environment

Contributed by S.C. DHEC

Eight South Carolina schools won grants to support efforts to educate the next generation of environmental stewards, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control ( DHEC) recently announced.

Local winners of this year’s Champions of the Environment grant winners include:

• Dutch Fork Middle School—Students in the ACTION (Assisting Communities Together Inspiring Our Neighbors) Program will work with special needs classes to improve an outdoor classroom by increasing plant diversity to attract pollinators.

• Jackson Creek Elementary School—Naturalists from Camp Leopold will help students create a wood duck habitat in the wetland surrounding the school.

• Irmo High School— Standard and special education students will join forces to support a bee population by composting cafeteria waste for a pollinator garden.

Champions of the Environment provides resources and support to foster environmental education and action in South Carolina’s kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.

The Champions of the Environment program is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper, and SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina.

For more information, visit www.scdhec.gov/champions.

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