Sanctuary teaching kids about environment, improving grades
By Bridgett Ellison - Anchor
Posted: 4:30 PM, September 05, 2017
Updated: 4:30 PM, September 05, 2017
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Millenia Gardens Elementary School in Orange County is celebrating the certification of its brand new wildlife sanctuary. It is the first environmental project of its kind in the area teaching kids about the environment and improving grades.
The newly certified schoolyard habitat is made possible thanks to a grant from the school's partner in education, State Farm. Students from the school's Eco-Club came out over the summer to help get it started.
And the Eco-Club is more than hands-on learning fun, it's getting results. Students in the group scored 40 points higher on FCAT science exams. It's also inspiring students to pursue future careers in science. Other projects around campus include a butterfly garden and hydroponic garden created by students to enjoy and learn from all while supporting nature. Last school year, students were also able to raise some baby ducks found at a construction site nearby and they raised lettuce to help feed manatees at Sea World. ....
Ever wanted to start a school garden and didn’t know where to begin?
Then you must check out the incredible work being done by Millennia Gardens Elementary in Orlando, Florida. In collaboration with Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Initiative and the help of countless dedicated volunteers (and of course, enthusiastic students!), this school is paving the way for future school gardens everywhere. Education is at the heart of their mission, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and healthy living.
These students are learning to recycle, beginning with tires. Have you ever seen an old rubber tire look so good?...
Students from Millennia Gardens Elementary School in Orlando donated 1,000 heads of lettuce from their student hydroponics garden to SeaWorld's Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Program on Friday.
The students, ranging from third to fifth grades, spent a month working on the garden.
“We are so proud of the Millennia Gardens Elementary Eco Club," principle Anne Lynaugh said. "The teachers and students have put a lot of hard work into the hydroponics garden. It truly is an outdoor classroom where everyone can learn. The new partnership with SeaWorld is a wonderful and unexpected benefit that we hope will continue for years to come. It is our mission to lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community.”