FWCS, City partner to demonstrate rain gardens - May 26, 2009

Record Number: 5173
Displayed from: May 26, 2009 , until: Jun 15, 2009

Students, teachers and volunteers at five Fort Wayne Community School buildings will be planting demonstration rain gardens during the next week. Fort Wayne City Utilities has been working with teachers and principals at Irwin and Weisser Park elementary schools, Lakeside and Northwood middle schools and Northrop High School to demonstrate rain gardens as part of the City's rain garden initiative. Rain gardens are landscaped areas where storm water runoff is directed for a short period of time and allowed to soak into the ground rather than running off into a sewer. Rain gardens use native perennial plants to make soil more pervious. City Utilities plans to have 20 demonstration rain garden sites around the community for residents to visit and see what rain gardens are and how they work. In addition to several schools, a rain garden has been planted at Science Central, and one is planned on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. Several other schools are working with City Utilities to plant rain gardens in the future. City Utilities has provided plans for each demonstration garden, has done any necessary dirt moving and soil preparation and is providing plants. Volunteers will be planting the gardens in the next week as follows: Wednesday, May 27 morning Weisser Park Elementary School This garden will eventually feature student art projects along a walking path in the garden. Contact is teacher Emily Arata. Thursday, May 28 8:30-10 a.m. Northwood Middle School Contacts are teacher Maricella Stroud and Principal Eric Lambright. Thursday, May 28 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Northrop High School This garden is a legacy project for the school being completed by the Advanced Placement Government class. Contact is teacher Christine Binns. Friday, May 29 morning Irwin Elementary School This will be used as an outdoor classroom. Contact is teacher Christine Michael. Monday, June 1 all day Lakeside Middle School This large garden will be located along Lake Avenue. Contact is Principal Amy Sivley. For additional information, contact: FWCS City Utilities Krista J. Stockman, PIO Frank Suarez, PIO 467-2022 (w), 705-1893 (cell) 427-6051(w), 415-7313 (cell) Krista.stockman@fwcs.k12.in.us frank.suarez@ci.ft-wayne.in.us

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.