Miller Avenue students make a difference with a rain garden

Miller Avenue students make a difference with a rain garden photo

Miller Avenue students in Alice Steinbrecher’s class are proud of their green thumbs.

During a lesson from Cornell Cooperative Extension youth educator Mark Cappellino, the second-graders learned about the benefits of a rain garden to the environment. They chose the rear building entrance to plant some native plants, wild flowers and suitable shrubbery to be able to soak up stormwater runoff from the school’s roof and other impervious areas and protect water quality.

With help from parents and grandparents, and many of the plants donated by Cornell Cooperative and family gardens, the school now boasts another beautiful garden planted in conjunction with the class’ Caring for Our Community project.

According to Mrs. Steinbrecher, students also learned that their new garden will provide a habitat for wildlife and increase the diversity of birds and butterflies.