From The Daily News
in McKeesport, Pa.:
Consortium for Public Education Rewards 'Great Ideas'
Those funds were applied to Steel Valley's "Math and Science: It's for the Birds"; South Allegheny's "Birds Count"; and the Finley Middle School Composting Project in Ringgold School District.
To Steel Valley Middle School, $1,350 was given for 170 sixth-graders to study the local bird population, taking pictures, doing research on various species and studying their biology.
In math classes, students will learn about various styles of birdhouses and calculate their surface areas, volumes and openings.
They then will build birdhouses specific to certain species and study the birds that use them. The houses will be placed in the memorial garden, the educational pond area and the outdoor classroom.
Dominion gave $1,054.65 to "Birds Count," in which 585 students at South Allegheny Elementary will participate in birding activities.
After bird behavior and identification lessons are taught in the classroom, students will participate in monthly birding events, collecting and submitting data to the online PA Bird Atlas, E-Bird and Urban [Bird] Studies.
Students will share their observations via a school bulletin board and school television network.
Teachers Audrey Aubrecht, Patricia Kostik and Karen Kadar applied for the grant.
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