The scenery outside the windows of several classrooms at Chisholm Middle School began to a get makeover Tuesday, part of a classroom project put together by Chelle Gaede Coffee.
Her “Chisholm Pride” group is creating an “O.W.L.S.” project on the campus. Wednesday, students were putting plants in the ground, following a design they had helped create.
"We started by killing the grass and getting some rocks," said Allison Simons. "We designed this out. We put our designs together because each person had their own design."
The Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site will feature native plants and grasses and plantings designed to attract pollinators. The project is about 250 square feet on the campus.
The project can be incorporated into lesson plans across a myriad of subjects, if teachers choose to do so.
For this project Coffee has found free seeds for pollinator plants from the area conservation district and free seeds from a seed company for prairie plantings. She’s also received donations from the school PTO.
The fall plantings were completed Tuesday. Still in the works are Aldo Leopold benches for the garden.