Many of Chicora's classes took turns doing campus cleanups that involved picking up litter, raking mulch, and scrubbing graffiti off picnic tables and playground equipment. A group of staff and volunteers installed two raised beds to establish a vegetable garden at the new school location. A group of girls from the afterschool program, WINGS for Kids, used the Lowe's gift card to purchase planters and colorful flowers to beautify the entrance to Chicora.
Child & Family Development Center
Child and Family Development Center, with the help of Lowe's, was able to create a raised bed for an edible garden. In addition, students and parents cleaned up arond the school grounds and planted flowers to beautify their campus.
Daniel Jenkins Creative Learning Center
All of the students at Daniel Jenkins Creative Learning Center, along with community volunteers, built an "outdoor classroom" with four 4x8 garden boxes and two picnic tables. They were able to secure over $1,000 in materials, plants, mulch, and soil. They held two area cleanup activities, collecting ten bags of litter an debris from their school campus and surrounding community. The students also added two flats of marigolds and five shrubs to existing flower beds created last year.
Dunston Primary School
Dunston Primary is working hard to help the environment and clean up the area around their school. Most of their studens participated in projects and events to make the school community a great place for everyone. They started a green team this year and collect recycling bins twice each month. They have recycled thousands of pounds of paper. They partnered with BOSCH on the Day of Caring. BOSCH came to the school and reconstructed the playground areas and completed painting projects around the school. Students also planted several flowers and gardens around the school. Dunston Primary has five growing vegetable gardens. In addition, the students cleaned up litter around the gardens, playground, and in front of the school.
Eagle Nest Elementary
All 862 students at Eagle Nest Elementary along with teachers and support staff spent their recess time cleaning up the school property, picking up trash, and removing driveway stones from the lawn and sidewalk. They planted a butterfly garden with the gift card supplied through Clean Cities Sweep. The student council also started a school wide recyclilng program by educating the student body and staff with daily tips and facts about recycling and the environment.
Fort Dorchester Elementary
The goal at Fort Dorchester Elementary School is to exhibit Teamwork, Achievement, Integrity, Leadership, and Service in everything they do, and the Clean Cities Sweep projects provided the perfect opportunity! This year FDES has added a Service Learning component to their commitment of environmental preservation. They teamed up with the HENS Project founds Laura Perdue and Jenifer Schlette and transformed an empty parking lot into a productive garden that not only provides food, but outstanding educational opportunities for students and adults. They hope to be able to donate the harvest to provide fresh vegetables and fruits to families in need. In addition to helping educate students, parents, and teachers on the importance of plants as a part of the environment during and annual Math and Science night, Mrs. Perdue and Mrs. Schlette assisted in helping the school fourth and fifth grade robotics team complete their Food Safety Project for keeping the food in the garden free of contaminants. Third grade students lend a helping hand to the garden every day by providing compost to enrich the soil while also providing enriching educationa and leadership experiences. Second grade students lead the school recycling effort with the "Green Gator" club, which continues to help the school recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum. Gators big and small worked together to plant seeds and picked up trash to help keep the school beautiful! Working together, students have led the way to achieving FDES's goal: Gator's showing they care by doing their share!
Garrett Academy of Technology
The initial clean up and beautification of Garrett Academy had 65 participants with the entire student body continuing the ongoing clean up of litter and plant debris. The students first cleaned the entire school grounds collecting approximately 30 bags of garbage and plant debris. They then planted flowers, repaired beds and bird baths and instaled bales of pine straw. Lunch was provided by the school with the use of the Garrett Grills created in the Metal Fabrication Technology class.
Hursey Elementary School
All the students at Hursey Elemetary School participated in the Clean Cities Sweep - from pre-school through fifth grade. All ages participated in cleaning up the grounds and attended the Columbia Marionette Theatre's performance of "Litter Trashes Everyone." The fourth and fifth graders shared recycling tips on the school's news twice each week in March. Finally, members of the Hursey family participated in a beautification day resulting in flowers planted in the raised bed at the school's entrance, pine straw spread around the school sign, and mulch spread in the flower beds.
Liberty Hill Academy
To beautify the front entrance and school grounds, Liberty Hill Academy purchased plants and maintained the exterior. The vocational specialist worked with students in developing landscape designs. The project was designed to include only 18-21 year olds for litter pickup. A newsletter was created offering environment tips and updates on the garden and Clean Cities Sweep clean up progress.
Mary Ford Elementary
Students in grades K-5 received lessons on community beautification and environmental stewardship. Students in 4-5th grades picked up trash around the school grounds. They also planted a few plants around the school grounds.
Montessori Day School
All 30 students at MDS along with their teachers cleaned out their vegetable garden, which consisted of five raised beds, in order to prepare for spring planting. A flower bed was created in front of their outdoor classroom and three flower pots were filled with flowers to place in the playground. Finally, a mural is being painted on a large canvas to hang outside, as well a cement stepping stones to place in the new flower bed.
ARMS Academy at Morningside Middle School
Community volunteers built and agility course for students, and sixth grade students planted flowers after holding a cleanup around the front of the school.
North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
All 105 kindergarten and first grade students at NCCAE, along with community volunteers, planted flowering pots and palm trees, collected 12 bags of trash during the litter sweep, and recycled over 500 drink pouches.
North Charleston United Methodist Kindergarten
All 9 students at North Charleston United Methodist Kindergarten did two litter pickups. They cleaned three playgrounds, the church yard, and both sides of frontage road adjacent to Spruill Avenue. They previously had lessons about recycling, reusing, and reducing litter. They had three planting sessions, making a flower garden in front of the school fence, planting two flower boxes, and a small entrance garden of annuals. Everyone participated, after learning about plant growth and how to plant. All students recycle, encouraging parents to participate.
Northwoods Middle School
Thirteen students and two volunteers from Northwoods Middle School planted twelve Lantana plants and twelve Mexican Heathers around he Pinehurst Elementary and Northwoods Middle School sign. In addition, 28 Northwoods Middle School students and one volunteer picked up ten bags of trash around the school for school beautification and recycled 15 pounds of material. Both of these projects affect the entire school because students see the sign and school grounds on a daily basis. On behalf of all the students at Northwoods Middle School, at least 60 pounds of clothing, valuing around $300.00, was collected and donated to the Magdalene House of Charleston.
Owens Christian Academy
All 69 students raked, collected bag trash, and leaves in the school lots. Each class created vegetable garden boxes near their classroom. All students and parents learned about upcycling Capri-Sun puoches. Parents collected pouches in units of ten, filled the pouches in zip lock bags, and sent them to the school. The parent coordinator mailed the collected pouches monthly.
Students picked up trash and debris from four different sections of the school campus. The student council delivered bags, water bottles, canvas gloves, and rubber gloves to the students, staff, and teachers. The students cleaned during their recess once a week for four weeks. Four different student groups planted flowers and they continue to water the flowers once per week. Five students helped to read "ECO-TIPS" on the news show to increase recycling efforts both at home and at school.
R.B. Stall High School
Thirty-five student volunteers paticipated in two different clean-up and beautification projects. Students and teachers collected trash and recycling on Stall's campus and along Ashley Phosphate Road. Students and teachers also planted flowers at the front entrance of Stall on Ashley Phosphate.
Project summaries are provided by each group's project coordinator.