Lucy Addison Middle School Ecology Club
The Lucy Addison Middle School Ecology Club was started to work with students who were interested in learning about their environment. Ecology Club does several litter cleanups a year, including the Fall Waterways Cleanup with the Clean Valley Council. The club has adopted Lick Run Stream at Booker T. Washington Park and cleans up that area multiple times throughout the year. The students learn the importance of keeping the area clean so that the Roanoke River watershed is kept clean. Storm drain stenciling is another activity that students participate in as an effort to let our community know that they should not litter and to help keep our waterways clean. Students in the club, also, participate in stream schools several times a year both at the park and at the Roanoke River. During stream schools, the students conduct water quality testing and catch, observe, and release various organisms that live in the water. The Ecology Club also works to help other students in our school understand the importance of recycling and composting. Club members created signs that are posted in the cafeteria above the various trash cans to teach others about what can be composted and what should be trashed. This outreach extends to the classroom recycling bins where more posters are displayed to instruct students on proper recycling. The students have also had classes with The Clean Valley Council, 4-H, and Virginia Tech to learn about various aspects of their environment and how to act as stewards for our planet.