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Fairhill Elementary School R3 Event 4-29-2019

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On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, staff from Fairfax County’s Stormwater Management Program helped 68 Fairhill Elementary School fifth-grade students, their teachers, and a few administrators transform a bare dirt surface around a storm drain into a budding native garden.

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Fairhill Elementary School R3 Event 4-29-2019

  1. 1. A Fairfax County, VA, publication Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Working for You! Fairhill Elementary School Planting Event – April 30, 2019 Revitalize, Restore, Replant (R3) May 2, 2019
  2. 2. Revitalizing, Restoring, and Replanting Fairhill Elementary’s Playground On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, staff from Fairfax County’s Stormwater Management Program helped 68 Fairhill Elementary School fifth-grade students, their teachers, and a few administrators transform a bare dirt surface around a storm drain into a budding native garden. Six hundred native plants were installed near the school’s playground in Fairfax, Va. The hands-on learning event was provided by Revitalize, Restore, Replant! (R3), a program in which students learn how native plants with long roots improve water quality by soaking up excess nutrients and hold dirt in place better than turf grass.
  3. 3. Revitalizing, Restoring, and Replanting Fairhill Elementary’s Playground 3 During recess many students expressed their excitement for this new space and took interest in the project. The Friends of Accotink Creek also participated by educating students on the importance of soils and exploring the life that healthy soil supports. This was the second R3 planting event this spring led by freshwater ecologists from the county’s Watershed Education and Outreach section.
  4. 4. Storm drain before planting 4
  5. 5. Danielle Wynne talks about native plants’ long roots 5
  6. 6. Students install native plants 6
  7. 7. Danielle helps students install plants 7
  8. 8. Students look for life in a tub of soil 8
  9. 9. Native plants are installed 9
  10. 10. Teachers and administrators helped install plants 10
  11. 11. Native plants enhance the area around the storm drain 11
  12. 12. The Friends of Accotink Creek teach kids about healthy soil 12
  13. 13. Storm drain after native plants installed 13
  14. 14. Additional Information For additional information, please contact www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks The Watershed Education and Outreach Section watersheds@fairfaxcounty.gov https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/stormwater/watershed-education-and-outreach 14

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