MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) – An environmental club at a local high school uses hundreds of dollars it got from a grant to create a home for native species.
Harlem High School’s Environmental Club got $854.29 for their Schoolyard Habitat Site after applying for a Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The school says the students took multiple steps to creating the garden, including creating a budget and helping build the wooden raised garden bed.
“It means a lot,” said Katherine Scholtz of the Harlem High School Environmental Club. “I mean I guess I’ll always have a piece of myself here at Harlem now through the prairie and I hope that future students will expand on it and keep it growing, take care of it.”
The school adds that it also received donations from other organizations for the prairie.