NBC4 is committed to making a difference in school classrooms in Central Ohio. That’s why NBC4 is giving away $30,000 to schools in need with the NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant.
The grants are divided into three size divisions, and one of the finalists in the large school division, as voted on and chosen by a panel of judges, is Ridgeview Jr. High School in Pickerington Local School District.
The school’s program originated when the principal issued a design challenge to two innovation classes. The task was to create a plan to develop the wooded property next to the school, which borders Sycamore Creek.
The students then presented their plans to a panel of representatives from Dawes Arboretum, the Franklin Park Conservatory, and Columbus Metro Parks.
The plan was approved in the spring of 2013 for a cross-curriculum eco-friendly nature laboratory in the watershed area.
“The art classes coming out here, they did positive messages on recycled material, then the birds use them for nesting. They are creating tags to identify the life down here,” said Kris Owens, Ridgeview counselor.
The students created an outdoor, mulched class or picnic area, along with a rain garden to protect the creek from parking lot runoff.
Hopes and plans for the area are sky high, but funding has run low.
“We would love extra to build platforms and possibly a weather station. We’re excited for the extra money because you can’t do anything without money,” said Eileen McGarvey, Ridgeview Counselor.
We will announce the winners in the large size division next Thursday on NBC4 at 6 a.m.