Water Harvesting

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Students’ designed rain barrels will be installed in the courtyard (Outdoor Living Classroom). This will help in water harvesting/conservation and reducing ruoff and erosion.

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Bird Feed

Students preparing bird feed for winter using Crisco (all vegetable shortening), almond butter and sunflower seeds.

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Fairfax City School Board Recognition








Lanier Eco-Team recognized by the Fairfax City School Board for achieving the Virginia Naturally Award for 2013-14 school year.

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Veteran’s Day Workday

Lanier Eco-Club students participated in Veteran’s Day community workday sponsored by Accenture on November 11, 2013. Accenture is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company helping clients become high-performance businesses and governments. Students and volunteers planted blueberry bushes and Sweetbay magnolia trees in and around Lanier’s bioretention cell. Volunteers also removed invasive species and planted native trees and bushes in Kutner Park. Last year Accenture staff worked with Eco-Club students and staff at Kutner Park removing invasive species. Lands and Waters were instrumental in organizing the Accenture community workday.

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Virginia Naturally School Recognition Award

Lanier Middle School has been recognized by Virginia Naturally School Program for the school’s efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship. Below is the pennant received as recognition for 2013.


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2013 – 4th July Parade

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Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at GMU

Lanier Eco-Team won 1st place in yesterday’s Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University. Andrew Bengtson, Matthew Bacon, Luke Shafik, and Kajal Desai did a great job presenting to the panel of judges with 100 plus audience. Our team’s proposal was to reduce runoff and erosion on Lanier school ground by installing rain barrels and planting a sponge garden. Lanier Eco-Team competed with Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington County Schools. Lanier Eco-Team received $1000 award as 1st place winner, $250 for being the finalist, and additional funding for implementing the proposed project. It was great moment to see the students when Lanier MS was called as the 1st place winner! Students also had a great time visiting many exhibits at the event.


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