Congratulations to West Middle School for winning $4,400 through the CHLP competitive education grant for 2017. The school submitted a stellar proposal to create better nesting areas for the Canada Goose population on campus.
West’s National Junior Honor Society will help lead efforts while the entire student body will participate in the project. Engaging students and the next generation of environmental stewards is a key objective of the grants program. Students in all 6th-8th grade science and shop classes will join together to rid campus of harmful trash, design 3-D printed signs, and build fencing and nesting boxes so goslings will be safe from freezing temperatures.
“Through education of our students in classes and through project based learning…we can show a value for living in harmony with animals,” WMS Principal Kate Bergles wrote in the grant application.
Sustainability is also a priority of the initiative. Administration plans for future 6th grade classes to maintain these areas to learn the importance of wildlife mitigation and environmental conservation. They may also make some new goose friends in the process.