Eleven County Schools Receive Schoolyard Stewardship Mini Grants

Eleven Fairfax County public schools have been selected as recipients of 2011 Schoolyard Stewardship Mini Grants by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Department of Facilities and Transportation Services.

The winners and their projects are:

  • Centreville Elementary School — raised herb and vegetable planter boxes of recycled composite materials.
  • Churchill Road Elementary School — compost bin and rain barrels to expand the school’s native plant and organic vegetable gardens.
  • Daniels Run Elementary School — seasonal “pool” and vernal habitat development in an existing outdoor classroom.
  • Forestville Elementary School — meadow of native plants with informational signage.
  • Keene Mill Elementary School — raised planting beds of recycled composite material, soil amendments, and a compost tumbler.
  • Langley High School — creation of a woodland habitat garden, seasonal native border, and soil amendments in the school courtyard.
  • Longfellow Middle School — native garden in the school courtyard plus informational signage for the cistern and garden.
  • Louise Archer Elementary School — raised vegetable beds and recycled composite materials for the school courtyard.
  • McNair Elementary School — raised vegetable beds, small pollinator garden, compost bins, rain barrels, seeds.
  • Marshall High School — native Virginia garden.
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School — removal of non-native invasive plants, replaced with native Virginia plants.

The FCPS Schoolyard Stewardship Mini Grants encourage schools and students to establish activities related to environmental stewardship while conserving and preserving natural resources.  Mini grants may provide up to $3,000 in funding for a project.