Monday, July 18, 2011
8th-Grade Student Creates Rain Garden for Grayslake Public Library
Excerpt: After learning about the ways in which plants can provide cleaner water to the environment, a Prairie Crossing Charter School student decided to put his knowledge to good use.
Brian Mace, an eighth-grader from Grayslake, spent a total of 12 hours preparing and planting a rain garden at the Grayslake Public Library as part of his service project, and plans to continue to maintain it.
The garden, measuring 8 by 16 feet and located along a walking path at the rear of the library, was dedicated July 8. It features six varieties of plants, including culvers root, obedient plant, bergamot, blue flag iris, tussock sedge, and fox sedge.
"I had envisioned larger plants, but I know they will grow to be more like I pictured," Mace said.
Following a teacher's recommendation to locate the garden at the library, Mace contacted Library Director Roberta Thomas and presented the idea to the library board in May when it was approved.