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Monday, November 12, 2012

Stuart Park clean-up exemplifies power of volunteerism

Students working in Stuart Park.
Stuart Park is looking much nicer after three clean-up activities this fall organized by JEB Stuart High School teacher Lauren Kinne.

More than 100 volunteers bagged and removed nearly 200 bags of invasive species, primarily porcelain berry, knotweed, and English ivy. Students from Stuart High School, Bailey’s Elementary School, and Glasgow Middle School; members of the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads; a local Boy Scout pack; and residents of the Ravenwood Park community volunteered. The U.S. Forest Service and Fairfax County Park Authority also joined in to support the effort.

Rotary Club members.
“Our goal is to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship among students, faculty, and community members,” says Kinne. “This project has helped to raise awareness in the Stuart community.” In the spring, she hopes to recruit volunteers to continue the park clean-up effort and also plans to incorporate instruction about native and invasive species at the high school and elementary school levels.

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