Have an idea to incorporate a hands-on environmental project into your Hampton Roads classroom?
A local organization is giving out money to do so.
The grants offer up to $500 for projects tied to environmental topics including water conservation, recycling, litter prevention and native plants, according to a news release from the organization.
Last year, for example, sixth-grade students at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Newport News used the grant to do water quality testing on samples from three local waterways.
Second-graders in Portsmouth studied caterpillars as they morphed into butterflies and were eventually released. Thalia Garden Elementary School students in Virginia Beach created their own bat house and pollinator garden.
Students elsewhere also used worms to compost, grew their own food and set up community rain barrels.
AskHRGreen team leader Rebekah Eastep said in the statement that the organization hopes to foster a sense of connection between the environment and “tomorrow’s leaders.”
Outdoor projects also provide a safe hands-on learning opportunity during the pandemic, she noted.
Hampton Roads K-12 teachers, youth leaders and other organizations that work with children are eligible to apply as long as funding is available.
Details on the application process can be found at askhrgreen.org/grants/environmental-education-mini-grant/.
Katherine Hafner, 757-222-5208, email@example.com