BCSD staff members score Keep Berkeley Beautiful grants
Published on Friday, Jan. 7, 2021
Thirteen BCSD staff members across eight schools have been gifted funding to be spent on bettering their school campuses.
These upcoming projects will benefit BCSD students in remembering how important it is to recycle and keep the earth clean.
Keep Berkeley Beautiful is a volunteer organization geared toward improving recycling, reducing litter and beautifying communities.
Teachers recently applied for Keep Berkeley Beautiful School Grants, priced at $100 each, to be spent on future and ongoing projects that will get students involved in doing their part to maintain the environment, starting with their own school community.
Keep Berkeley Beautiful hopes to offer grants again in the 2022-2023 school year.
Check out how BCSD staff plans to utilize funds to keep their schools clean.
Philip Simmons Middle
Lizzie Fennick’s seventh/eighth-grade science students will use funding for indoor and outdoor plants, plant food, plant soil, and decorative plant pots. The students have potted plants that showcase the school’s love of a clean, green entry and exit. Fennick is also hosting a club that will meet twice a month to engage in a live and artificial plant décor with balloons and yard signs.
Daniel Island School
Several teachers at Daniel Island School scored Keep Berkeley County Beautiful grants. The school has been on an “outdoor” kick in recent years. Seventh-grade science teacher Allison Woods plans to use funds to create posters for science lab materials to foster more hands-on lab experiences.
Meanwhile, fifth-grade teacher Renee Lambert will purchase some work gloves, trash bags, a scale and some grabber tools. Her two science/math classes will complete monthly trash pickups around the school. Each class will weigh the trash collected and create a graph to share on the school news show to raise awareness about litter.
Seventh-grade social studies teacher Amy Hardison plans to purchase bird feeders and bird seed to go around the school’s outdoor classroom and nature trail.
Finally, the school’s kindergarten classes have been working hard to maintain the school garden. Kindergarten teacher Laine Holmes plans to buy two new flower pots and two bags of dirt for the garden.
College Park Elementary
First-grade teacher Madeline Perry said the school plans to plant flowers in the BARK park and help keep the park clan by picking up trash and installing appropriate bins. Funds will be used for disposable gloves for ongoing trash cleanup, as well as trash bags and hand wipes. Funds will also be used for soil and assorted wood scraps to create outdoor signage encouraging others to keep the park clean, as well as posters for inside the school building.
Meanwhile, school counselor Amanda Tolbert said several students from fourth and fifth grade have applied to be a part of a school beautification team. They pick up litter and masks from the recess field and around the school grounds. Tolbert said they are working towards the next step of planting plants and providing positive things to look at around campus, so funding will go toward stones for painting positive messages on, paint, small plants for the BARK park, and trash grabber tools.
Funding will support the school’s recycling club. Seventh-grade math teacher Katie Fox said she plans to purchase more recycling bins to replace some of the older ones, as well as supplies to create posters and flyers to aid in school wide education and awareness.
Berkeley Intermediate School
Melinda Gethers’s fourth-graders plan to collect used paper, water bottles and other plastic material. Gethers said she will use the funds to purchase new recycling bins to be placed throughout the building to encourage more recycling at school.
English teacher David Fleck hosts a Creative Writing Club, and the club is planning to spread awareness about the importance of recycling and the negative impacts of littering. He will use funding for supplies for the club to create posters and other material to hang around the school.
Devon Forest Elementary
Devon Forest Elementary also has a couple of teachers who scored grants. Cirella Scott plans to buy books about recycling and littering to share with students. Scott is the Parents as Teachers Home Visitor under First Steps of South Carolina. She said the grant will also allow children to each receive a bird house with bird seed to beautify their home.
Christie Calvin’s fifth-grade students have recognized how many birds have been displaced by the lack of trees in the area. She said her students wanted to create a bird sanctuary, so money will go toward purchasing a bird house and post, bird seed and a bird feeder.
Reading coach Ann-Marie Cate said after doing some research, first-graders are interested in beautifying the school grounds and community by hanging painted birdhouses and bird feeders. Depending on the number of birdhouses painted, students will have the opportunity to hang some at the school as well. The goal is to attract more birds to the area. Cate said the money would be spent on wood birdhouses, paint, brushes, sealant, bird seed and bird feeders.