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School District Five schools receive conservation grants

  For Immediate Release – Nov. 2, 2018



School District Five schools receive conservation grants


IRMO – Students in Lexington-Richland School District Five will have opportunities to learn more about conservation and environmental stewardship this year, thanks to a grant provided by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) through its Conservation Education Mini-Grant program.


Chapin Intermediate School received a $1,000 Mini-Grant for a garden greenhouse.  The school’s Gardening, Environmental, and Recycling Clubs will work together to directly involve students in making a real contribution to their local communities.  “Our grant is providing our school with a greenhouse to support our club endeavors, allowing students to solve real-world problems, and supporting our curricular and other goals, like reusing, reducing, and recycling to build a healthier world to live and thrive in,” said Dr. Mike Garris fifth grade teacher and project lead.


Irmo Middle School’s ACTION for Unity Program received a $500 Mini-Grant.  The money will be used to build nesting boxes for backyard birds.


“I am so thankful for Richland Soil Water Conversation District’s financial support of our latest conservation project,” said Lori Wenzinger Action for Unity Sponsor.  “This mini-grant will allow the ACTION Club students to purchase native shrubs, perennials, and nesting boxes as we work to attract Eastern Bluebirds and Brown-Headed Nuthatches to our school campus.”


All project sites serve Richland County students, and the Richland SWCD will partner with the Lexington SWCD to provide technical support for projects located in School District Five.  They also provide educational programs to students in local schools.  “We all want to be able to live in and enjoy natural resources,” said Lexington SWCD Manager John Oxner.  “And when students learn, they take it home and their parents learn also.”


The Richland SWCD offers Conservation Education Mini Grants in amounts of $500 and $1,000 each fall and spring to support a variety of conservation efforts at local schools.  “It is our goal that these grants will help students achieve conservation goals, provide insight into conservation careers, heighten awareness about natural resources, and continue to preserve our community’s resources for the future,” said Richland SWCD Associate Commissioner Mary Burts.


The next mini-grant application deadline is February 1, 2019.  For more information and application details, visit