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Resilient River Star Schools Shine at Youth Resilience Expo

  • Great Bridge Intermediate receiving an award for being in the top 3 projects at Elizabeth River Project Youth Resilience Expo
  • Butts Road Intermediate receiving an award for being in the top 3 projects at the Elizabeth River Project Youth Resilience Expo
  • Sparrow Road Intermediate receiving an award for being in the top 3 projects at Elizabeth River Project Youth Resilience Expo

 

Congratulations to schools in the Elizabeth River watershed that showcased 17 student-led projects at Norfolk Botanical Gardens this past Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Elizabeth River Project's 2nd Annual Youth Resilience Expo. With 200 attendants, student projects addressed how schools could include resilient actions, capture and reuse rain water, address flooding and runoff pollution and reduce their carbon footprint. Dr. Jeremy Hoffman from Richmond’s Math & Science museum began the event sharing the importance to help reduce car emissions, find alternative ways to travel and help find ways to cool our communities such as planting trees.

 Top three projects were from Chesapeake Public Schools and included:

 Butts Road Intermediate: Students installed goose decoys, pet waste station and ran a trash ‘Clean Up Club’ to reduce animal waste, trash and single use plastics from entering the Elizabeth River watershed.

 Great Bridge Intermediate: Students performed an audit to measure the usage of plastic bags and then sampled and offered alternatives to their peers with a solution focus. They also designed their own STEM solutions to help clean pollution and trash out of the watershed.

 Sparrow Road Intermediate: Students focused on reducing litter pollution and carbon emissions by creating signs encouraging people to use trash receptacles and creating ‘No Idle Zones’. They also added a water bottle filling station in the school to help reduce plastic bottles.

 Many thanks to the parents, teachers, administrators and partners that helped support the student projects. This event was made possible by grant awards from Barbara Upton Wilson Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s BWET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) grant.

March 2, 2020

 

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