Going green at Eagle Ridge Middle School
Seven-hundred native trees, including Red Maple, Eastern Red Cedar, Black Locust, Persimmon, Sassafras, White Oak and Black Oak, were planted in early April in turf grass along the outer boundary of the school property as part of a clean water project.
The event was two years in the making, a collaboration with Loudoun County and The Piedmont Environment Council (PEC).
“This planting should measurably reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in our local streams and the Chesapeake Bay,” said PEC’s Gem Bingol.
According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, urban and suburban polluted runoff is the only major source of nitrogen pollution in the Bay that is still growing.
Students were shown how to plant seedlings and learned about the project's goals and its impact on the community where they live.
Science Teacher Jennifer Richmond said the 7th grade science team adopted the theme of human impact on the environment.
“I am so excited that our students were able to participate in a hands-on real life experience that they know will have a positive impact on our watershed, while also adding to the aesthetics of our school and taking pride in their actions,” Richmond said.
Down the line, students will be able to walk through, enjoy and explore the newly forested area of the school grounds.
Principal Scott Phillips said, “Our students executed the complex task efficiently, and learned a great deal in the process; and as a result, the drive into our school will be more natural, beautiful and environmentally responsible.”
“This community partnership is a win-win for Loudoun County,” said Department of General Services Director Ernest Brown. “Together, we help students learn valuable lessons, combine resources to improve our environment and meet state environmental mandates in a cost-effective manner.”
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