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Students and volunteers launch a floating wetland island into the stormwater detention basin. Photo: Helle Brown

Our first installation of floating wetland islands went into the campus stormwater detention pond at Clear Creek Independent School District’s Education Village in League City. TCWP and the school community launched three islands on November 10

When 72 volunteers, 2 camera crews, and the school superintendent show up to help us undertake something new, it sure is wonderful when it is accomplished with hardly a hitch!

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Girl Scouts plant a rain gardenGirl Scouts plant a rain garden

Recently, I have had the opportunity to work on several garden projects with some pretty amazing kids. Let me rephrase that. All kids are amazing and always end up teaching me far more than I try to teach them. But how often do we assume children are not strong enough, lack energy, courage or resolve?

So much of what kids do and think is egocentric—how can this thing or action benefit me, and only me, now? Adults help feed this attitude when they dismiss a child’s ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Or when they do not allow room for critical thinking and problem solving by spoon feeding children the answers. A child might hear, “When you grow up you can do…..” But children of every age deserve the chance to prove their abilities in practical, real accomplishments.

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