Projects promote sustainability

By PAMELA WILLIS
Tuesday September 29, 2015

From pulling weeds and prickly thistles to digging a rain garden, Green Apple Day of Service was all about connecting children with the natural world and improving “green” aspects at local schools.

Worthington Estates Elementary School, along with Violet Elementary School in Pickerington, held Green Apple Day of Service events Saturday, Sept. 26, joining several schools across the state and nation working on environmental projects.

School and community volunteers dug a rain garden at Worthington Estates, while students pulled weeds, landscaped and helped to build a “sustainable sign art station” at Violet.

“We hoped to help the students enhance their environment and give them tools to show that where they learn matters,” said Tyler Steele, a Worthington Estates parent and a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council Central Ohio chapter. “This is one way to connect with families and students to show that there are better ways to treat environmental issues.”

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) joined the Worthington Estates students on their project. He and state Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) sponsored a resolution Sept. 22 to declare Sept. 26 as Green Apple Day of Service in Ohio.

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