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. ....