Students and staff at Anthony Rossi Elementary School in Vineland, NJ partnered with the American Littoral Society, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to install two rain gardens on school grounds.
Students from several classrooms received education, both in class last Spring and virtually, to help prepare them for the planting and ongoing care of the gardens.
Rutgers engineered a detailed plan for the excavation and design of the gardens for efficient absorption of rainwater from the building's downspouts to infiltrate our region's aquifer, rather than allowing it to flow as surface water into storm drains - likely collecting pollution along the way. This process is called bioretention.
The Vineland Public Schools maintenance department worked hard to complete excavation, while school staff, along with team members from the Littoral Society, Rutgers, and ANJEC, completed the installation.
Together participants planted native, drought-resistant perennials that not only beautify school property, but also will attract butterflies and other pollinators while conserving one of our planet's most vital natural resources - water.
Signage with educational information will accompany the rain gardens, offering an outdoor learning experience for all of Rossi's Owls!
~ from Amber Egorov, 4th Grade Teacher, Anthony Rossi Elementary School