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What’s the problem with a little rain?

Checking out the storm drains around 610 Henry. This one drains to our waterways!

The “Spong” (sic), an invention to slow down, absorb, and/or filter rainwater

Last week Barbara and Johanna took us on a trip to the gutters, drains, and tree pits around 610 Henry. Our mission? To see how well equipped the neighborhood is to handle “excess” rainwater. We learned that when it rains more than 2 inches in New York City, water treatment centers get overloaded and stop being able to process dirty water. That means it gets dumped directly into our waterways! We can help by making sure our neighborhood has lots of ways to slow down or absorb rainwater as it falls.

All year 4th graders have been tending to tree pits around the building. Now they learn that they were helping more than the trees. We break up the soil so it is more absorbent!

Another reason we are a green school: rainwater catchment system used to water the garden
Learning about rainwater collection gutters (pipes?) on the BNS shed

After visiting several storm drains, tree pits, and the shed, it was on to the Eco Casita to explore other ecological features that help our waterways.
Green roof on the Eco Casita is looking a little brown after winter. Just another way to slow down and use rainwater.
Flooring is important. These are permeable pavers, designed to let water seep in through the cracks. The kids confirmed they work as advertised.

After conducting their survey, the kids had some time to design inventions that would address the problem of rainwater runoff.

Camilo’s alternative storm drain setup uses wind to separate out garbage.
Rube Goldberg-y setup by Ezra
The Earthanator, Xeta’s green roof.
Jordan designed a green storm drain with a layer of moss planting that would absorb and filter rainwater.
Back at the green studio, scientists shared their proposals with the class.
Hope: a word that captures the spirit of the day.

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Bye bye, trout!

We managed to keep our Trout In The Classroom friends happy and healthy, from eyed eggs to sac fry to fingerling, now swimming free in the frigid water by Ashokan…

Eyed Eggs

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Free Fingerlings!

Walking down to the river to look for signs of our released fingerlings…
A beautiful, wooded spot with plenty of shade to keep water cool in summer
Good omen? The only patch of water that wasn’t frozen (which was the patch where the trout were released) was in the shape of a heart!
Jayden threw snowballs into the water and when they splashed, we saw trout swimming! 
See them!? They’re swimming!


Thank you Johanna for helping us with our trout project!
Pure, clean water for happy and healthy trout
Barbara said, “Do I look majestic?” She does! Thank you to the majestic Barbara for teaching us to love and care for our trout.

One day soon they’ll be beautiful, big…

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