EcoTrack 11: Start High students complete rain garden

TOLEDO -- Students at Start High School have been working all school year to make a lasting change for the environment.

These Start High School students are digging, scooping and planting their way to a better environment by installing a rain garden. Biology teacher Wendy Wilson tell us, "What a rain garden does is slow down storm water drainage. So with all of the flat surfaces we've got in urban areas, the rain water runs off those surfaces at a very fast rate."

Rain water run-off leads to a big problem in northwest Ohio: Flooding. The students want to fix that. Sophomore Meredith Shalda says, "We hope it brings awareness to the ecosystem. A couple of summers ago, we had all of that flooding, and this will definitely help out with all of the rain we will have."

All of the plants, like a purple gayfeather, are native to Ohio. Using native plants is important to the health of the rain garden.

Additionally, Sophomore Sarah Scisson tells us, "Because no pesticides are used in the rain garden, it's all natural."

These super sophomores have been dedicated to the project since they began designing it back in October. They have seen it through to the planting because they want it to send a message to the neighborhood. Sophomore Betty Jalal says, "I want the people who see this rain garden to see that we are actually taking action."

Create your own rain garden

Here is a brochure from the EcoTrack 11 portion of our site called: Toledo Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative.

Posted by LS