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Florin High Panther Makes Finalist for Habitat Restoration Project

ELK GROVE, Calif. – June 3, 2020 –  Valley High School students walked away as top scorers of Caring for Our Watersheds’ Regional Environmental Contest. Viking students Allison Nims, Bryan Lopez, Jalen Nichols and Clemal Ray placed in the top 10 for their proposal to install rainwater collection barrels on campus to collect and store water. The proposal encourages reusing the storm water runoff to water vegetation for the school garden instead of storm water carrying pollutants down storm drains and into streams.

Overjoyed by students taking the initiative to be mindful environmental stewards, Valley High School principal, Richard Gutierrez said, “Over the last few years, students and school clubs have prioritized beautifying our campus by planting more native trees and creating school gardens. The idea of installing rainwater collection barrels to collect and reuse storm-water not only makes sense, it supports our efforts in making the most out of all resources available to us. I am proud of each of our students for continuing to think of new ways to re-purpose our natural resources.”

Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources and environmental organizations. Anyone who enters the contest is eligible for funding to complete his/her project. Beth Del Real of Center for Land-Based Learning said, “Seeing students implement their projects is truly impressive. Caring for Our Watersheds not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen.”

In total, over $27,000 in prize and implementation money is available to students and schools who participate in the program. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the contest was unable to hold its regular in-person Final Competition where finalists present their ideas to a panel of judges and audience to determine their placements and award amounts. Instead, this year all top 10 finalists will receive an evenly distributed cash prize. Schools will also receive an award of $600 for each of their finalist entries as well as participation awards.

Florin High School student Lammy Pham also was named a finalist for their proposal called “Project Native – Restoring Habitat on Pirate Island.”


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.


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