Saline Be Green Awards: Students Recognized for Work at Leslee Niethammer Nature Preserve

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 12/01/2017 - 00:29
Pictured, from left to right are Saline Environmental Commission Vice Chair Bruce Westlake, Saline City Councillor Linda TerHaar, Saline Middle School teacher Kara Davis, students Kira Shaffer andNicole Kolano, teachers Laura Odom and Leigh Ann Roehm, and Dennis Kittel, chair of the environmental commission.

The Saline Environmental Commission and Saline City Council recognized citizens working to make the community a “greener” place.

At the Nov. 20 city council meeting, several citizens were honored by environmental commission chair Dennis Kittel, vice chair Bruce Westlake and City Councillor Linda TerHaar.

Today we feature one of the projects honored by the environmental commission with a Saline Be Green Environmental Award.

Saline Middle School seventh grade teachers Laura Odom, Kara Davis and Leigh Ann Roehm were awarded a “residential” award for their project, “The 17 Acre Classroom.”

With the help of parent chaperones, they brought 150 seventh-grade students to the Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve, just off the corner of Maple Road and Saline-Milan Road. They toured the preserve and learned about its features because the students plan to develop a series of signs that will help show visitors the various ecological, environmental and natural elements at the preserve. The project is funded by a Woman in Philanthropy grant from Eastern Michigan University. EMU Professor and Saline Board of Education Trustee Michael McVey got the grant for the project.

Proposals for signage will be on display for a final decision by members of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Friends of the Saline River and the Saline Environmental Commission.

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