Linden School Teacher Wins Environmental Education Grant

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LINDEN – Teacher Kimberly Terwilliger of the Joseph E. Sohl Middle School in Linden now has extra money to supplement her students’ lesson plans with hands-on learning, thanks to a $3,335 grant from PSEG.

Terwilliger will teach her sixth, seventh and eighth graders about the benefits of capturing and treating storm water. They are partnering with the Rutgers University Center for Urban Restoration Ecology to design, construct and monitor a 340-square foot rain garden – the rain garden will be designed to reduce runoff by collecting storm water from the school roof. Students will also plant native plants that can help with water flow and filtration.

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In addition to the ecological benefits, the rain garden will help the kids to understand and connect with the natural world, as well as how human activities impact the natural systems of their community. The project will culminate with Terwilliger’s students hosting a series of open houses to present their findings to the local community, and distribute student-developed brochures describing how and why to build a rain garden.

“Environmental education is fundamental to helping New Jersey’s youth become responsible world citizens, and offers creative ways for both students and teachers to tie their appreciation of nature to academics,” said Vaughn McKoy, president of the PSEG Foundation. “We remain strongly committed to supporting the efforts of our grantees – this successful partnership continues to provide kids and the general public with a better understanding of the environment and environmental issues.”

The PSEG Foundation has awarded Garden State educators more than $358,000 since starting its Environmental Education grant program 19 years ago.

(left to right) PSEG regional public affairs manager Eileen Leahey; school principal Joseph Picaro; grantee Kimberly Terwilliger; Rutgers ecologist and collaborator Brook Maslo; district director of science Dolores Maslo


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