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.
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.
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.
On April 22, 2013 Lanier Middle School Eco-club planted the Lanier bioretention garden on April 22nd from 3PM – 4:30 PM. Students, teachers, parents, and community members planted native plants from Earth Sangha’s Native Plant Nursery and a native seed mix from Ernst Conservation Seeds.
This project was identified by Lanier students, during a campus “storm water tour” to identify storm water issues and opportunities. Lands and Waters, with funding from a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, worked with Lanier and other partners including Angler Environmental, City of Fairfax, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Accotink, to design and install the bioretention garden. The garden will collect and filter storm water runoff from a school parking lot, reducing pollution, sedimentation, and storm water runoff in the Accotink Creek Watershed. Science students will be monitoring the efficiency and functionality of the bioretention garden as part of their Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences curriculum.
Donation of Student School Meal Leftovers to Local Food Banks
- Students introduced the program via morning announcement.
- Students prepared posters for cafeteria to inform what can be donated vs. what can’t be donate.
- Teachers and administartors supervised the donation during lunches.
- Students count and pack the donated food for pick up during the Eco-Club (twice a week)
- Parent Volunteers pick up and drop off food to The Lamb Center (local food bank).
- Boxes full of food items are being donated every week. (milk, orange, banana, cereal, apple sauce, etc.)
Link to the live telecast of the ceremony is below: