The MCHS science department was awarded a K-12 Pollinator Grant, funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, to create natural environments for butterflies, birds, bees, beetles, and other pollinators. The grant is worth $6,120.00.
The Foundation’s Pollinator Schools Program supports the creation of native pollinator habitat at locations in Illinois that provide K-12 environmental education programming.
The grant would allow students to gain out-of-the-classroom experience in the environmental restoration field as the habitat will be installed by students in NHS,
Science National Honors Society, Environmental Science, and Biology classes, as well as community members during a Pollinator Planting Day.
The newly created habitat will also be available for the entire school as an outdoor classroom.
Science students will conduct surveys of the plants and insect species, as well as the soil, and this data will be used to analyze changes that occur as the habitat becomes established.
The money awarded will be used to purchase native plants and trees, mulch, planting tools and hoses, as well as basking sites and water basins for the pollinator species.
The MCHS science department looks to start prepping the site this spring and be ready to install the plants later this summer or early fall.