Planting green seeds with local youth

It’s no secret that Flying Camel is a great supporter of all things green. That’s why this past Christmas when we set out to choose local causes to support, one of the donations we made was the Eco Courtyard & School Yard Greening Project at Paris District High School (PDHS). The school’s Eco Club is spearheading the project. This is an enthusiastic group of young people who are led by teacher Tara Topping. They are not just learning about environmental issues, they’re also rolling up their sleeves and working to improve their own surroundings.

The Eco Courtyard project will see the school’s internal courtyard transformed into an on-campus oasis. Plans include a butterfly garden featuring native plant species, a patio made of recycled rubber tiles, and a deck and pagoda designed by the students and constructed from locally harvested cedar wood. There will be signage throughout the courtyard explaining the green aspects of the plantings and materials.

From the Camels’ perspectives, this was definitely a project worth supporting. Students will gain project management experience, combine green construction practices with the application of skilled trades, and learn ecologically sound gardening practices. It will increase school pride, provide a sense of accomplishment for members of the Eco Club, and create a healthier natural environment that all members of the school community can enjoy.

Plans are complete and work is well underway on the Eco Courtyard. The expected completion date is June of 2012. We look forward to seeing the finished project, and will be sure to share some photos when the work is complete!


Posted Sep 29, 2011 Category: