Marshall McSorley and Brie Tulowitzky from the county’s Stormwater Management Division went back to school recently to work with teacher Rebecca Botha’s sixth grade science classes at Elkton Middle School.
The students helped plant purple cone flowers, black-eyed Susans, great blue Lobelital, cardinal flower and switchgrass, creating a native plant garden next to the school. They also installed a rain barrel that will collect water from the roof of the school and provide a source for students and teachers to water their new garden.
“My students had an experience that they will never forget,” Botha said. “They were so proud to go home with the saplings and were even more excited to tell everyone at home what they got to do for Earth Day. I cannot thank (the county) enough for providing this support to make our campus more beautiful and more environmentally friendly.”
One of the missions of the Stormwater Management Division is to promote environmental guidance of natural resources within the county through educational activities to ensure the protection of those resources from the effect of sedimentation and stormwater pollution.
Reflecting on the experience, Tulowitsky said, “It was a day full of hard work, happy students and a positive learning environment.”