FEATURED SCHOOL PROJECTS
Students from Chicora Elementary beautified the school playground and garden area. Students cleaned up these areas and were made aware of their role in keeping their school beautiful by disposing of trash properly. Students were then able to plant a flower and vegetable garden to learn about the process of growing plants, how food is grown, and the beneficial role that insects can play in a garden ecosystem as pollinators. Finally, by painting their donated outdoor seating, students were able to make it beautiful as well, giving them a sense of pride and ownership in their garden. It provides them with a location to learn other than the classroom and provides them with an area to relax and unwind. Classes have been using this area to sit down and take notes about what is going on in their garden plots. Additionally, classes use this area as a place to relax during recess or after school programs.
Palmetto Scholars Academy
Palmetto Scholars Academy involved the entire school in a campus-wide cleanup. Each of the seven houses in the school was assigned a sector of campus and provided gloves and trash bags to remove rubbish and consolidate twigs and other plant materials. Students were also able to implement a butterfly garden in the front of the school. Several classes of students were involved with the bed preparation and planting process. Several native species were also planted in the school apiary. Students are gaining awareness of the importance of pollinators to the ecosystem and are maintaining the plants in the garden.
In honor of Earth Day, Hursey Elementary students, teachers, and parents participated in a week-long school beautification project. This included multiple short litter cleanup sessions for all students. In addition, the students received a presentation about litter and recycling during their weekly Garden Classroom session. The PTA hosted a campus and neighborhood litter cleanup event and invited parents, teachers, students, and friends in the community. Approximately 42 volunteers collected 20 bags of trash during the three hour event. The focus was to remove numerous pieces of broken glass from around the campus. The school engaged students, teachers, and parent volunteers in revitalizing and planting flowerbeds that had been neglected for many years. The preparation of the flowerbeds and planting involved 11 adults and 42 children and was completed in 16 hours over the course of two days. The school received a donation of 25 Cast Iron plants from a local construction company that had salvaged them from a local job site. Five parents took three hours to plant them along fence lines to add greenery to a previously drab area.
FEATURED NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS
Volunteers in Chicora-Cherokee conducted their regular monthly garden maintenance, along with street and creek cleanup efforts. The garden is currently being transitioned to a low water garden, and participants learned that banana trunks can be cut up and used as a water and potassium source for plants. Fresh Future Farm partnered with the Chicora-Cherokee Neighborhood Association along with volunteers from the North Charleston Police and Fire Departments, AmeriCorps, Palmetto Railway, North Area AKAs, St. Matthew Baptist Cub Scout families, Daniel Island Academy, and visiting University of SC students. These volunteers worked with neighborhood residents to beautify the garden and pick up trash throughout the community. They picked up more than 40 bags of trash along with 8 bags of recyclables. 80 plants were added to the garden.
Volunteers from Ferndale conducted a cleanup through the neighborhood, planted flowers, and removed brush at intersections throughout the neighborhood. Three church groups joined volunteers from Ferndale for a total of 40 volunteers. These volunteers picked up 101 bags of debris, trash, and leaves. Additionally, residents were inspired by the cleanup to clean their own properties.
Pepperhill worked on two projects as part of the Clean Cities Sweep. The first was the installation of a 40ft. flower bed between two existing trees at the neighborhood entrance. Volunteers installed thirteen Encore Azaleas in this new flowerbed. The second part of their project was to edge along 150ft. of curb around the community entrance. Additionally, volunteers trimmed trees and picked up debris in the neighborhood.
Before & After Photographs - Fort Dorchester High School (left) and Pepperhill (right)
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Project Photographs - A.C. Corcoran Elementary (left) and Pepperhill (right)
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