Fourth graders get their hands dirty for a good causeJOURNAL STAFF On Saturday, Oct. 25, 37 fourth graders from Highland Elementary School, volunteered to help The Stilly Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force plant over 850 trees to help our local salmon.
Students and their families arrived at the site with the purpose of helping improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and erosion control.
The Task Force, which began in 1990, is dedicated to the restoration of viable salmon populations and their habitat in the Stillaguamish and Snohomish River watersheds, a combined land area of more than 2,400 square miles.
Highland students were invited to participate in this restoration project and amassed over 130 hours of volunteer hours!
Students were able to discuss salmon habitat, see, first hand, the damage that erosion can do to our streams and rivers, and ask questions of the task force experts.
They were able to bring their learning to life as the lessons from the classroom were connected to the real world in a way that makes learning much more powerful and meaningful.
Throughout the day these nine and ten year olds worked their tails off digging holes, planting native trees, and tagging plants.
Not only were they able to get their hands dirty and dig in the dirt, they were also able to witness the power of a community of people coming together for a common cause and the positive difference that can make.