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Youth Resilience Expo showcases student projects

By DAVID MACAULAY
VIRGINIAN-PILOT CORRESPONDENT | MAR 13, 2020 

The students at Butts Road Intermediate School in Chesapeake installed dog decoys to ward off geese on the school grounds, chickens ended up in the principal’s office of Maury High School in Norfolk, and students at Victory Elementary in Portsmouth planted trees to alleviate severe flooding.

These were just three of the eye-catching projects on display when students showcased their work at the Elizabeth River Project’s second annual Youth Resilience Expo at Norfolk Botanical Garden Feb. 29. The project is a nonprofit working to restore the Elizabeth River to a high level of environmental quality through government, business and community partnerships.

Seventeen student groups from Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk battled for the three environmental awards at the event. The judges singled out Great Bridge Intermediate, Butts Road Intermediate and Sparrow Road Intermediate, all in Chesapeake, for trophies. The 11 schools that took part are now designated Resilient River Star Schools — a designation given to the schools which carried out projects to capture and reuse rainwater, alleviate flooding on school properties or reduce their carbon footprint.

Students at Butts Road Intermediate sought to address goose and dog waste, a problem on the school grounds. They installed cutouts of dogs to keep geese off the grounds and built pet waste stations for dog owners....

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