St. Ursula Students Take Positive Action to Improve the Environment
The St. Ursula Arrows, a team of 9 students from St. Ursula Academy will compete in the sixth annual Lexus Eco Challenge, a national contest that encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.
The Lexus Eco Challenge, created by Lexus, the luxury automaker, and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and Media Company, was designed to educate young people about the environment and to inspire them to create a better world. The students at St Ursula Academy have accepted the challenge by taking a stand and proving that a small group can bring about big changes. After carefully studying the local environment, the students have developed an Action Plan they feel will benefit their local community.
The team explored several ways they could address, and have an impact on, a local environmental issue. They narrowed their solution to remediating a run off area on their own property to see if they could simplify the rain garden idea so that more home owners and farm land owners could and would adapt a more active participation in increasing the local water quality.
The community is invited to support the team’s Action Plan by visiting the remediation site near the west parking lot at St. Ursula and construct a similar remediation on their own lands.
Lexus and Scholastic will choose 16 winning teams nationwide. Each team will receive a total of $10,000 in grants and scholarships. All winning teams from this challenge and one other initial challenge will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge for a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $30,000 in grants and scholarships. Eight first-place prizes of $15,000 in grants and scholarships also will be awarded.