CENTRAL — The Daniel High School Environmental Club, sponsored by science teacher Chuck Conrad, is working to complete a Carolina Fence Garden in the median adjacent to the school’s car rider loop.
This garden uses split-rail cedar fence, native South Carolina plants including Yellow Jessamine, the state stone Blue Granite, a Carolina Wren birdhouse, and other elements of South Carolina history in its design.
The area will add aesthetic beauty to the new campus and provide new niches for wildlife.
Cathy Reas Foster with Pickens County Extension Service and Palmetto Pride provided a grant of $1,200 for supplies and plants to fund the project.
In addition to its work on the Garden, the club started a campaign earlier in the school year to limit idling for cars in the pickup lane. DWD received a $400 grant to collect data and promote cleaner air through DHEC’s B2 (Breathe Better) program. Signs have been put up in the traffic lanes and brochures and paper fans have been given out promoting cleaner air for students.
This club recycles weekly at school and has recycled over 12,000 pounds of material since 2012, keeping those materials out of landfills. This year the club expanded its recycling efforts and has organized a recycling program for the football stadium and gymnasium areas on campus.