Coastal Roots Planting
For 75 Zachary Elementary students, the results of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill got a little more real as they took a firsthand look as part of an in-depth study of Louisiana’s Coast. Last April, every student at Zachary Elementary planted bitter panicum, a beach grass, in the LSU Coastal Roots canyard at school their school. Students also installed a nursery where they nurtured and maintained the seedlings. Throughout the year, they have studied coastal erosion issues throughout Louisiana, while overseeing the entire growth cycle of the plants. The students took the mature grasses that they have cultivated throughout the year to Grand Isle State Park. There, the students planted the grasses on the beaches, toured the marsh and beach areas and assisted in cleaning efforts.
LSU Coastal Roots establishes school-based nurseries at schools within the coastal zone of Louisiana. These nurseries are student managed and are capable of producing native wetland plants for use in habitat restoration. Each school is partnered with a long term restoration site, which they are able to revisit each year for planting trips. There are currently over 40 schools in eighteen parishes participating in the program. Since 2000, 3,573 students have planted more than 29,000 student-produced seedlings in Louisiana.
Community Celebration 2010
Students, parents, faculty, staff and the entire Zachary Community showed their pride at the district achieving the number one ranking for the 6th straight year in the state's accountablility program at a celebration held Tuesday, October 26.
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