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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Students at Chase Stem Academy, along with several community partners, rolled up their sleeves Thursday to make a difference in their learning and the environment.
The school is surrounded by wetlands, and organizers from the school and Owens Corning say the location is a prime place for learning. So they teamed up to build a new educational tool with an outdoor learning lab.
"The kids get excited about it, and we get excited about it," said Nancy Joy of Owens Corning. "I can't tell you how many great feelings I get, just seeing these kids smile."
Owens Corning is celebrating their 75-year anniversary by doing 75 projects in the community. One of those involved spending two days with Chase Stem students, working on projects to plant seeds of growth and change in their community.
"We're putting in a rain garden in the front of the school," Joy said. "And at the back of the school we're installing a bird sanctuary, which will actually a [microphone] inside and out so the students can hear the birds as well as observe them."
Since the kids are building it, Principal Matthew Rowley says he's sure the birds will come. He says that won't be the only thing to pop up there. The Metroparks are working to transform the Manhattan Marsh that surrounds the school into a park and place for students to learn.
"It would be fantastic for our kids to really utilize this land behind our school to learn about environmental science, as well as different habitats and niches in the environment," Rowley said.