Fowler Drive Elementary School was chosen by Nutter & Associates’ Staff as the recipient of their 2012 Eugene Odum Environmental Grant. The Odum Grants are awarded as part of GreenFest 2012, held at the UGA Eugene Odum School of Ecology.  This is the 19th year for the Odum Grants, and Nutter & Associates have sponsored at least one school in each of those 19 years. The Fowler Driver project submitted by teacher Halley Page, will be carried out by the Fowler Drive afterschool Science Club, consisting of twenty-seven 3rd, 4th and 5th graders; the Junior Master Gardners Club, consisting of nine 3rd, 4th and 5th graders; and the Fowler drive Green Team, consisting of twenty-two 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Last year the science club discovered that much of the lunch room garbage could be recycled or composted. Students under the direction of Ms. Page created the “Green Team” in 2012 to respond to the need for recycling and composting to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Their plan is to build two compost bins in each of their outdoor classrooms. The Green Team will be in charge of emptying the containers into the compost bins after each meal and the Junior Master Gardners and Science Club students will assist adding plant waste and turning the mulch.

“Fowler Drive has been a Green School for six years and all teachers are helping to teach our students the importance of protecting our natural resources and our environment. By enriching our soil we will be able to grow native plants that will attract local wildlife and provide a pleasent learning experience for our students. This project will help further our student’s knowledge of how we can protect our environment. Compost will be available to classes and clubs that are doing gardening projects. All of our students and their families will learn the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.” Halley Page.

This year’s winning schools include Whit Davis, Athens Montessori, Clarke Central, Clarke Middle and Fowler Drive. Teachers from each school submit applications outlining the proposed project and how the funds will be used. The 2012 funded projects and programs all received $200 Eugene Odum Environmental Grants and included:

  • a waste reduction program
  • window terrariums
  • planting and seeding an organic garden and a nature preserve
  • compost bins
  • funding for the Classic City Crusaders

We believe that educating young people through hands-on activities is the best way to create a generation of environmentally conscious adults serving our community.

Supporting information from Athens.patch.com.