Elementary students in Washington state got firsthand experience with the benefits of rain gardens after planting local vegetation in a school-permitted effort, according to The News Tribune. The garden has already helped youngsters learn more about science, but should minimize flooding in a walking path.
Christine Phan, a high school student within the same district as Karshner Elementary where the new garden is installed, proposed the effort. She helped install another rain garden at an intermediate school she attended near Puget Sound.
The success of the garden at her previous school led her to consider putting forth a plan to district administrators. Much work went into finding the right location and securing sponsors, but Karshner students and teachers agree that the rain garden is a success, keeping the flooding down and making the area more visually appealing.