Syracuse students get help in hands-on rain garden project

Carrier Corporation and Baltimore Woods Help Syracuse City Students in Hands-on Rain Garden Revitalization Project

As a long-standing sponsor of the Nature in the City program, Carrier Corporation is planning a hands-on workday at Seymour Dual Language Academy with fifth grade students to restore and re-plant the rain garden at their school. Additionally, volunteers and students will plant flowers in the newly constructed flower beds in front of the school as part of an initiative by the Syracuse School District and clean up the neighborhood directly surrounding the school as part of the Onondaga County Save the Rain #BlockLitter campaign. Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s Nature in the City education team will be on hand to teach students about the important role rain gardens play in improving water quality in the local watershed and to assist Carrier employees in their work project. Onondaga County Save the Rain installed the rain garden in 2012 and is collaborating with Baltimore Woods Nature Center on plant selection for the project. The school rain garden will be used in ongoing Nature in the City lessons.

Lou Anne Mann, Global Community Affairs Coordinator, Carrier Corporation
Carrier Corporation employees
Stephen Polera, Vice Principal of Seymour Dual Language Academy
Whitney Lash-Marshall, Executive Director, Baltimore Woods Nature Center
Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s Nature in the City educators

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Rain Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 from 10:30am-12:30pm

Outside in front of Seymour Dual Language Academy, 108 Shonnard St, Syracuse

Nature in the City, Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s award-winning science education program, brings
authentic, hands-on/minds-on natural science learning to K-6 th grade students in all 19 Syracuse City elementary schools. Nature in the City helps students to have direct experiences with the outdoor living environment using local parks and green spaces, to connect to their community landscape through hands-on learning about Syracuse and Central New York and to be inspired with a sense of ownership and responsibility for their community.

For 28 years, Carrier Corporation has supported Seymour Dual Language Academy with a host of events and projects that strengthen the spirit of community, within the school and in the surrounding neighborhood. The rain garden project is Carrier’s effort in support of the Green Apple Day of Service, an international movement that unites parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations for volunteer projects that transform our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments. Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier is part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corporation.

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