Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Grant helps Mason students
be environmentally literate

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON - Mason Intermediate students have received a grant to improve their studies of green space and wildlife development.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded the school district a $4,900 grant for Project Green Space, a 2-acre area used by fourth,- fifth- and sixth-graders. It's at the Mason Intermediate campus on Mason-Montgomery Road.

"We want our students to become environmentally literate," said Karen Rohrich, the district's elementary science curriculum leader. "This grant will help them to connect the natural world to human interactions."

The grant funds several additions to the site, including bird blinds and feeders and a soil profile pit.

The money also will be used for training teachers on how to use the facilities.

The Ohio EPA also awarded a $4,000 grant to Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services to develop an air quality activity group. About 15,000 copies will be given to third- through sixth-graders in Greater Cincinnati. Miami University also received a $2,765 grant for its comprehensive waste reduction plan.

E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com

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