Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

Groundswell works to provide hands-on outdoor learning for K-12 students

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth.

Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year to create public service announcements about Groundswell, an environmental education program for k-12 students based at Grand Valley State University. Students from New Branches Charter Academy, All Saints Academy and Kent Innovation High also participated. Click here to play the PSAs.

The effort was a result of a grant to Groundswell from LGREI (Lower Grand River Environmental Initiative), awarded from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, for water-quality and watershed health education.

Lea Sevigny, middle school teacher and placed-based education coordinator, said the project was a blend of science, writing, public speaking, environmental awareness and how to use technology to communicate a message.

Forest Hills Public Schools has partnered with Groundswell for nearly eight years.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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