Lincoln-Way Central awarded Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lincoln-Way Central has been awarded nearly $1,000 in grant money from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in order to enhance their science curriculum. Teacher Scott McCreary began the process of obtaining the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant in the fall semester. By Thanksgiving, the application was complete.

In the second week of January, Lincoln-way Central science teacher Catherine Sieber was notified that the entire application would be funded in the amount of $931.90. Sieber and McCreary, in conjunction with teachers Coley O’Connell, Dave Mulconrey, and Department Chair Sarah Highfill, have worked diligently to lay the foundation for the science curriculum throughout Lincoln-Way. “For the past few years, we have been working on transforming the area by the pond as an outdoor classroom and resource for not only our science courses, but for any course taught at Lincoln-Way Central. Receiving this grant from the IDNR is a wonderful gift that we are appreciative of. With planting more plants, the area becomes full of learning possibilities,” says Highfill.

The money received will be used to purchase species to be planted around the pond behind Lincoln-Way Central in the coming spring. The plants include chokecherry, sky blue aster, sideoats grama, bottle gentian, prairie dropseed, and little bluestem. McCreary and Sieber will lead the student-based project with Science Club and Environmental Action Club.

“Lincoln-Way Central biology courses—including our new environmental biology along with AP environmental science and agriculture courses—will have opportunities right in our own backyard to apply science skills, make observations, and work together to make a difference for our environment,” says Highfill. “For the community, we hope they will swing by and take a moment to relax in the prairie setting and reflect on the hard work that our Lincoln-Way Central Knights have done.”