Students, teachers and staff members from Komachin Middle School in Lacey are to testify today in front of the state Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education.
The group will talk about how the 730-student school integrates environmental lessons throughout its curriculum, according to Dixie Reimer, science instructional coach for North Thurston Public Schools.
For example, students use a garden on campus to grow fresh produce for the food bank, compost food from their cafeteria and perform water-quality tests on the Deschutes River.
“We have a real strong emphasis and value around stewardship and sustainability through service learning,” said science teacher Tom Condon.
Komachin recently received a $25,000 grant from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for its efforts in teaching science, technology and mathematics.
The money will go toward purchasing equipment for a solar-power car competition; hosting a science, math and technology fair for the district’s middle school students; and buying supplies for classroom science-related projects, Reimer said.
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