Fayette County Soil
Preserving and conserving our natural resources can be as simple as using www.goodshop.com when you shop online. Goodshop is a free fund raising program that won’t cost you time or money, but will raise money for Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District while giving you access to thousands of online coupons and promotions. Goodshop is a portal through which you reach and shop at your favorite retail sites. With every purchase you make, including items such as Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops and apparel from Kohls, Goodshop will donate up to 20% of what you spend. Support us by clicking on the logo to sync us for donation or by signing up ! We appreciate it!
Vandalia Lake Appreciation Days
Once again we were able to hold Vandalia Lake Day for the 6th grade students of the Vandalia Middle School. It was held on May 6, 2014.
As you can see by the pictures it was a perfect day to be outside. This day originally began because Tony wrote a grant with the EPA in 2003. Part of the grant was to provide education for Vandalia youth about the importance of preserving the natural resources in the Vandalia Lake Watershed. The educational experience was such a success with the students and teachers that we have been asked to repeat it every year since. So, what started out as something that we would do 2 times has turned into an every year event, this makes our 11th year. Of course, we are quick to remind the teachers about each year! ☺
The students were given presentations on 8 subjects pertaining to areas that effect the Vandalia Lake Watershed. One of the great things that I still love about these outings with the students, is the fact that while they are outside having a great time we are actually teaching them things that will hopefully stick with them for a while - as well as teaching them how to protect their environment.
Of course, when we ask them what their favorite presentation is about 85% of the time the answer will always be “snakes”. But with so many new presentations this year the odds may change but it’s really hard to say you never can predict what kids will say or do.
Also, just in case you were wondering, YES, the snakes are very much real, and, no, I never get close enough to touch it, or for it to touch me. But the kids sure seem to like it. But as you know kids are weird about that kind of thing.