Hopewell Elementary Celebrates New Rain Garden Space Benefits Student Learning, Local Water Quality
new rain garden at Hopewell Elementary is doubling as an outdoor
classroom for student learning and a storm water management system for
improved water quality in a neighboring creek that feeds into the
The project, dedicated with a school and community
ribbon cutting on Friday, April 29, filters and slows large amounts
of storm water flowing from the school parking lot and soccer fields
into the East Fork Mill Creek. The three new landscapes, planted by
Hopewell students last spring, help lessen erosion, reducing sediment
pollution and protecting the stream’s habitat and water quality.
filled the gardens with native plants, flowers and prairies,
providing a “treatment train” for water entering the stream. The
project has since served as a student laboratory for studying healthy
ecosystems and learning about native plants and wildlife. Students
have used the space to calculate storm water run-off, among many other
“This project was a perfect match for the
Hopewell community,” said Principal Christina French. “In addition to
beautifying our school grounds, it has so much potential for hands-on
student learning. Plus, it has the added benefit of serving a larger
Project partners included the Butler Soil and
Water Conservation District, the Mill Creek Watershed Council of
Communities, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which
funded the project through a surface water improvement grant.
Click here to view a brief video
from the ribbon cutting ceremony produced by West Chester Township.
students fill the garden with native plants and flowers, creating a
natural filtering system for water flowing into the East Fork Mill
community dedication was held in late April. Here Hopewell Elementary
students Solange Boaitey (from left) and Jack Gerlaugh join Principal
Christina French in cutting the ribbon.