Environmental Science

Green Steps    The Environmental Science classes were very active this year  in  working to make our campus more environmentally- friendly  and "green."   Mr. Conrad, Mr. Burk, and our  JROTC  programs involved their students in a variety of  activities that  helped to recycle, keep the area clean and  neat, and educate  students to this cause.  Thanks to all of  these teachers and  students for their efforts.  Some of the  highlights of their year  are below:

Recycling  Paper, plastic, and cardboard items are regularly recycled at Daniel.  With the help of our Junior ROTC program, bins of these materials are picked up from each classroom on a weekly basis.  These are then taken to a local recycling center for processing.  In addition, used toner cartridges are collected for recycling.

Recycling

Composting  Excess food scraps from the cafeteria are collected and converted to fertilizer to be used on outside plants.

Composting

 
Idle Free    Breathe Better Program   The classes worked in conjunction  with DHEC, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control  to reduce air pollution from cars  and buses idling in the parking lot.  Counts were made of offending vehicles and an effort was put forth to educate the public on this matter.
School Gardens  The classes replanted flower beds and added mulch to areas around campus. Native plants were added to the Carolina Fence Garden and a memorial area was established in memory of former teachers who have passed away.

Working on Garden

Litter-Free Football Games  In association with the Interact Club, the environmental classes helped to promote awareness of trash at sporting events.  They assisted in cleaning up after the games and worked at monthly campus cleanups to reduce the amount of litter around the school area.

Litter Free Game

Adopt-a-Highway Program  The classes assisted with trash pickup on Hwy 133 on three occasions in the spring semester of 2017.  This helps to reduce the litter on the main roads leading to the school.

Road Cleanup

Rainbarrel  A large barrel was set up near the Fence Garden to collect rain that was then used to water plants on dry days.  This saves water from the local water systems and helps to reduce the cost of maintaining the landscaping.  

Rain Barrel Project

Checking Water Quality  In conjunction with Project WOW, "What's in Our Water," the environmental classes undertook stream quality testing of our local waters.  Some of this involved the identification of freshwater invertebrates and correlating these to pollution levels. All of the streams in our area passed this evaluation with high marks.

Stream Testing

 

Presentations at Clemson   Also in conjunction with Project WOW, forty-four Daniels students presented at the 2017 Clemson Biological Science Symposium.  They presented their data analysis on stream health and water quality in poster form.  This was part of Clemson's "Citizen Scientist" initiative that stresses that everyone can be a scientist by simply observing nature and following the scientific method.

Presenters

Recycled Art  As part of a program with the art department, many unwanted materials (buttons, scrap cloth, paper, etc.) were used by students to create works of art.  Daniel students won three awards at the Pickens County Museum Art Show with these works.  These included a paper-mache cactus, a rose made from aluminum cans, and a face made from cuttings of scrap cloth.

Recycled Art

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