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Longfellow Elementary School Receives $3,500 Grant for Erosion Control Project
Longfellow Elementary School Receives $3,500 Grant for Erosion Control Project

Longfellow Elementary School in Portland has received a $3,500 Berlin City Drive for Education grant for a project to control erosion in its schoolyard.

"Erosion from run-off water limits our students’ ability to access parts of our playground," said Longfellow Principal Dawn Carrigan. "Through the efforts of generous funders such as Berlin City Auto Group, we are implementing a plan to address the problem."

The plan calls for landscaping, building rain gardens and planting trees to prevent more erosion. The grant also will pay for creating a fairy garden on the school grounds.

Longfellow has involved students in the erosion control project. "They are learning about science in a fun way that directly benefits them by improving their play space," said Carrigan.

The project began in the spring of 2011. Fifth graders studied erosion and its effect on their playground as well as the city’s storm water system. They presented their findings to a panel of parent experts, including a landscape architect and two civil engineers. The parents volunteered their time and designed a slope plan to prevent erosion onto the school’s lower playground.

The School Grounds Greening Coalition is leading the effort to landscape the slope. Maine Landscape Solutions, owned by a Longfellow parent, donated the use of heavy equipment and labor. The city of Portland has provided more than 200 feet of reclaimed granite curbing.

In addition to the Berlin City grant, the project has received $2,750 from the School Ground Greening Coalition plus in-kind donations and labor from Portland Trails.

Longfellow will continue the project during the spring of 2012 by planting trees in the schoolyard. Longfellow has received a grant for $925 from Project Canopy to plant three native trees to help with erosion control. The city of Portland will match the trees planted through Project Canopy.

 

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