Jun 28, 2011 7:31 PM by Lindsay Clein

Sacajawea and Chief Joseph middle school students dig deep in the dirt

It was an exciting day for some Sacajawea and Chief Joseph middle school students.

They were joined by some important folks including Bozeman Schools Superintendent Dr. Kirk Miller and Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss for their first dig in the rain garden they've been working very hard on.

The '2011 Rain Garden Project' has been incorporated into a summer program for students from both Chief Joseph and Sacajawea Middle Schools.

The program called STReaM, or summer tutoring for reading and math, is science based and students have been learning about resources, pollinators, habitat, storm water and water quality.

The rain garden is the service learning component of the summer program and the students have been working very hard to help build it.

"We've been choosing plants that would best fit in certain places," said Student Jeydin O'Malley. "And what would be the dryer areas and what plants we need to plant there."

"This pond will be a lot cleaner and won't have plastic bottles and sod," said Student Colton Charlson. "So that will be nice and the gardens are going to look really nice when it's all done."

Rain gardens help improve water quality by filtering out pollutants before going into the water system.

A $5,000 'Montana Out Of School Time Grant' from the Department of Health and Human Services helped make this program possible.

The program began on June 13 and will end on Thursday, June 30.


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