Students learning Earth-friendly landscaping via outdoor classroom, rain garden

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) - Students at John Paul II Academy in Louisville are singing with joy because they get to take class outside in the school's brand new rain garden and outdoor classroom. 

Mary Ann Jolly, a 3rd grade teacher, designed the garden with help from local nurseries and Metropolitan Sewer District.

The Academy will be teaching students Earth-friendly ways to landscape with the rain garden and hopes to inspire all members of our community to make their own garden.

"A rain garden is a bowl shaped garden that is designed to catch the rain water and use that as the water source, we have three down spouts that are routed into the garden," Jolly said.

"If you live in a neighborhood where your downspouts go right into the combined sewers MSD is encouraging people to unhook those downspouts," added Jolly.

The students are so excited about their new outdoor classroom and garden, they wrote a song about.  Click on the video to watch them sing!

To find out more information on how to make your own Rain Garden click on the link to MSD - http://www.msdlouky.org/aboutmsd/rainbarrels.htm
 

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