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Root for, uproot with, First Creek Middle Schoolers

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on April 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm with No Comments »
April 13, 2011 2:01 pm

First Creek Middle School sixth and seventh graders and University of Washington-Tacoma Environmental Studies students have been working together for two years to protect the First Creek Watershed.

They’ve tested soils and water, traced runoff and found ways to protect the occasional stream and the river and bay it feeds.

Last year students in teacher Donna Chang’s after-school science club marked storm drains with salmon-safe signs to remind East Side residents that their vehicles’ oil leaks and car wash suds go straight into Puget Sound.

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, they’ll celebrate Global Youth Service Day by restoring native plants to the watershed, and removing invasive species.

They’ll be getting support, and praise, from members of First Creek Neighbors, who will join them in the pulling and planting near the school at 1801 E. 56th St.

“Please attend this event to support our youth and our creek,” Edwina Magrum of First Creek Neighbors wrote to members. “It is important that our youth see that the adults in their community appreciate and value their work. The work of the students and teachers from First Creek Middle School is vital to training our future leaders to value our creek and community. “

Everyone, East Sider or otherwise, is welcome to join in the work and enjoy lunch and conversation afterward.

Brings gloves and tools, if you have them, and be prepared to get good and dirty.

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