Teachers get awards for conservation

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The Levy Soil & Water Conservation District (LSWCD) recognized three Levy County School teachers on Dec. 6,  at the Levy County School Board meeting for “2011 Conservation Teacher of the Year”.  The LSWCD sent out applications at the beginning of the school year for those teachers interested in receiving funds of $1,000 toward a conservation project funds would be allocated for. The LSWCD received three applications with conservation programs that are being implemented in the classrooms everyday and choose to allocate funds to all three recipients.
Ms. Lita Weingart, a science teacher at Chiefland High School is planning to utilize the funds toward purchasing materials and travel to the Regional Envirothon Contest at Lake City Community College. Funds will also be allocated to create an outdoor environmental education area with native plants and trees and an interpretive guide to educate students about environmental issues.
Mrs. Marcia Smith, a FFA Advisor at Bronson High School is planning to utilize the funds toward purchasing topsoil and sod/grass seed to prevent soil erosion on their school land lab.  When the new school was built a large area of the agricultural land lab was left bare.  The students will plan and implement best management practices in corporation with local agencies to rebuild a cover crop and prevent further erosion.
Mrs. Jennifer Bray, a FFA Advisor at Bronson Middle School will be implementing the funds received to help focus on students working toward their Certificate Horticulture Professional through the FNGLA (Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association).  She will continue to utilize the funds on the greenhouse they built last year that will help conserve water.
The Levy Soil & Water Conservation District Board’s Mission is to deliver natural resources conservation technology and education to local land users and to promote the best land use management practices that will conserve, improve, and sustain the natural environment of Levy County.  The board also works with the schools throughout the county with various projects such as land judging, speaking, poster contest and Envirothon contest.  The Soil & Water Conservation Board office is located at the USDA Service Center in Bronson.