Tri-Moraine AS: Engaging the Community

South Science Magnet Project

Tri-Moraine received a $1000 Collaborative Funding grant from the National Audubon Society. The grant supports opportunities to engage Audubon members and the public through environmental education and conservation.

We used the money to provide native plants for the landscaping at South Science and Technology Magnet in Lima. Although the population of Lima, Ohio, is about 25% African American, 63% of the students attending South Science Technology Magnet are African American. 100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunches.

The students have worked all year learning about how plants support caterpillars, which support birds, and are very excited to see the plants grow. They chose what plants they wanted in the garden based symbiotic relationships between native plants and insects, and they designed and planted native plants garden.

The garden was dedicated during the 8th grade graduation celebration, and Tri-Moraine provided dinner to the 8th graders and their families.