• Science Students Use Grant to Better Coppell

    To commemorate Earth Day in Coppell, Texas, students at Coppell High School are inviting parents, teachers, legislators, and other members of the community to take part in a Healthy Habitats "Work Day," to gain an understanding of service learning and the positive impact the students are having on their surrounding environment.

    Coppell High School is one of 18 schools/organizations statewide to receive a Healthy Habitats grant from Service Learning Texas, made possible by a donation from Encana Oil and Gas to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The grant recipients are implementing projects that address priorities in the Texas Conservation Action Plan, a blueprint to aid wildlife and their habitats before they become threatened or endangered.

    Students and Environmental Science teacher, Holly Anderson, at Coppell High School are currently working on the Blackland Prairie Restoration Project at the Coppell Nature Park. The main goal is to restore native species that once flourished before they were taken over by invasive species. Some of the area partners involved are Friends of Coppell Nature Park, Roger Sanderson Wildlife Biologist, LLELA-Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area, Grow it Nursery, and the Volunteer Center of North Texas. During Earth Day "Work Day," the students will join the guests and together, they will work on tasks including applying herbicides to the invasive species, mowing the land, hand-weeding, transplanting, watering the native species, and more.

    The "Work Day" is set for Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Blackland Prairie at the Coppell Nature Park. For more information visit the student-based website at https://sites.google.com/a/chs.coppellisd.com/anderson-class-prairie-restoration/ or contact CHS Environmental Science Teacher and grant recipient Holly Anderson at handerson@coppellisd.com.