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The Investigators and the Environment


Jackson Creek Elementary School is a 2017 Champions of the Environment grant program winner. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) awarded grants that will fund wildlife habitats and develop learning gardens and outdoor classrooms to eight schools across the state.

Jackson Creek received $2,000 to fund the creation of a wood duck habitat. One bright recent morning 30 students, teachers, principal Dr. Sabina Mosso-Taylor and representatives from DHEC and Camp Leopold took the short walk to the wetlands behind the school. Once there, students cleaned up trash and installed several wood duck houses. Footage of the activities will be included in a commercial that will run on the Champion’s website. See photos in the Jackson Creek Flickr album. Jackson Creek opened in August 2017 and is the district’s newest school. The wood duck habitat is an example of how the school has embraced its proximity to the Jackson Creek and surrounding wetlands to extend education beyond the classroom.

“We are very excited to receive the grant,” said Principal Dr. Mosso-Taylor. “It’s important to teach students about being stewards of the environment.”

Champions of the Environment provides resources and support to foster environmental education and action in South Carolina's kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. The Champions of the Environment program is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper and SCE&G, with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina.