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Schools win conservation mini-grants

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Students and teachers at two Richland School District Two schools were awarded grants from the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conversation Education Mini-Grants and the City of Columbia’s Clean Stream Columbia Awards. The money will support conservation education initiatives at the schools.

Dent Middle School and the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) each received $500 Conservation Education Mini-Grants. At Dent Middle, Rachel Tustin’s students are investigating area water quality following the 1,000 year flooding of 2015. R2i2 teachers Kristin Bullington and Michael Ann Fitch and their students are examining bioenergy, composting, and local food production.

District Commissioner Jeff Laney states, “The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is blessed to have the opportunity to fund these school projects. Educating our youth on the importance of water quality, agriculture, and conservation is not only part of our mission, it’s vital to our continued success and growth as a community.”

Faculty and staff members of all Richland County schools are eligible to apply for Conservation Education Mini-Grants, and schools located within Columbia’s city limits are also eligible to apply for Clean Stream Columbia Awards. The next application deadline is February 2, 2018. More details are available online at www.rcgov.us/rswcd.