Lanier Middle School hosted an Environmental Service Day on Sept 21, 2014 from 7:30 AM -12:30PM. About 50 volunteers attended this event to help clear up weeds and mulch the Lanier Courtyard (Outdoor Living Classroom). There were about 40 Lanier students participating in environemtal stewardship.
Please check out the link below to see some photo.
Students participated in the Kidwind Contest at NOVA Outside, George Mason University on 4/10/14 and won 1st place at the regional contest. They had built a wind mill from scratch that was tested in a high speed wind tunnel. Later they participated in the National Kidwind Competition at the 2014 National Science Festival. It was held at the DC Convention Center on Saturday, 4/26/14. Lanier team (Tardigrades) placed 6th at the National level. See link below!
Lanier Eco-Team was the top 10 finalist in Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University on 4/10/14. Students presented their proposal to the panel of judges. Eco-team’s proposal was on water harvesting/conservation. They had proposed to build funnel over the rain barrel to directly collect rain water since the school courtyard has internal drainage system (no gutters). Collected water will be used to fill the vernal pool where Mallard ducks raise their young. Lanier Eco-Team competed with Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington County Schools and was placed 7th in the regional contest. Check out link below!
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.
Lanier Eco-Team recognized by the Fairfax City School Board for achieving the Virginia Naturally Award for 2013-14 school year.
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.