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Symmes Elementary Wins Environmental Grant

Symmes Nature Trail Sycamore Community Schools is excited to announce Symmes Elementary was selected to receive a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEEF).

In June, Symmes Elementary will be receiving close to $5,000 in grant money from the OEEF, a program that's part of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“Our grant met their goals of environment issues education and habitat restoration, as well as incorporating local contributions through the generous donations made by a pair of Symmes parents,” said Anne Vankirk, principal.

The grant will fund teacher training along with something a bit more exciting. Thirty 7” tablets with GPS, 2 mobile hotspots, and 2 remote cameras with night vision capability will be purchased to assist student field investigations focusing on the Nature Trail at Symmes, a nine-acre wooded watershed adjacent to Symmes Elementary.

The Symmes Nature Trail have been used by students and teachers across the district since the school opened in 1989. Symmes Nature Trail For the past few years, Steve Reinke, Symmes 2nd grade teacher and 2016 Sycamore Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year, has led intensive efforts to rejuvenate the trail and improve its infrastructure through work provided by the students, teachers, parent volunteers, and Eagle Scouts. 

The annual Nature Trail Spring Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy a day of service and fun.