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March 8, 2010

Barnwell County Career Center named Champion of the Environment

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Barnwell County Career Center has been recognized as a Champion of the Environment for its Barnwell Industrial Park Wetland Project, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

Student efforts on this project will enhance an abandoned wetland and increase habitat, said Amy Bennett, coordinator for Champions of the Environment. The students will also develop hands-on activities for visitors to learn about wildlife, habitat, wetlands and water ecology.

According to Bennett, agricultural students will work with local farmers to prepare and plant a two-acre wildlife food plot on an abandoned runway at the Barnwell Industrial Park. They will also build and install wood duck boxes and additional birdhouses. Students will work in teams to develop hands on learning experiences that will be used for classes visiting the restored wetland site.

Bennet said the school is working toward developing a curriculum based on the project for students from other schools.

As a Champion of the Environment, Barnwell County Career Center will receive a $2,000 cash grant. The school will also receive Champions give-away items, be featured on the Champions Web site and a commercial will be made about the project and aired on WIS-TV in Columbia and WCSC-TV in Charleston.

Champions of the Environment supports environmental action in South Carolinas kindergarten through 12th grade students through its grant award program. Champions is sponsored by SC DHEC, Eastman Chemical Company, International Paper, WCSC-TV, and WIS-TV with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. Applications for Champions next round of grants are due Sept. 15.

For more information, visit the Champions Web site at: http://www.scdhec.gov/champions, or call Bennett at (803) 898-4249.

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For more information:
Amy Bennett - (803) 898-4249
E-mail - bennetam@dhec.sc.gov
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