Tuscarawas Co. High School Awarded More Than $23,000 For Ecosystem Project

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A Tuscarawas county high school has received more than $23,000 to fund a project that will benefit 600 students from Stark and Tuscarawas counties.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded New Philadelphia High school an environmental education general grant for a project that will engage fifth, seventh and tenth grade students and their teachers in authentic investigations of local ecosystems.

Teachers will investigate and collect local species to study in the classroom, observe their habitats and interactions and will develop experimental designs for their students to investigate these organisms.

An EPA spokesperson says students and teachers will also participate in a field experience about comparison of salamander diversity in forest ecosystems.

Participating teachers will also use an online discussion board to compare their efforts during the school year.