Kansas City, Kan. -- News media representatives are invited to attend an April 20 event at Goddard High School in Goddard, Kan., at which EPA Region 7 Deputy Administrator William Rice will present a President’s Environmental Youth Award to the school.
Goddard High School is being recognized for an outdoor wildlife learning site. Students conducted field research in botany, aquatic life, biology, migratory studies and water pollution as part of an ecology science course.
Students helped to restore a 4,000-square-foot native prairie grasses area located on the Goddard High School campus. They established and maintained three garden beds as a native prairie garden which contains culturally-significant native plants. The plants helped to certify the site as a Monarch Way Station for migrating Monarch butterflies. Students also built benches to be used by classes visiting the gardens and developed ceramic sculptures which are displayed along the tall grass nature trail.
WHAT: Presentation of President’s Environmental Youth Award
WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (Interview opportunities for news media adjacent to the pond, 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.; school celebration in the auditorium from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
WHERE: Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th Street West, Goddard, Kan. Parking is available for news media in the parking lot across from the south school entrance.
WHO: EPA Region 7 Deputy Regional Administrator William Rice and Goddard High School officials
Since 1971, EPA has sponsored the President’s Environmental Youth Awards Program. The awards promote awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourage positive community involvement. Each year, EPA honors a wide variety of environmental projects developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship.