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Bear Branch Elementary Receives Rainwater Harvesting System

Bear Branch Elementary has a Junior Master Gardening (JMG) program where the student’s take care of the school’s butterfly garden, grow vegetables, fruit and receive special presentations from Master Gardeners. The JMG is comprised of 4th and 5th graders and they meet weekly with the Master Gardeners at the school. The entire kindergarten class also participates in JMG programs throughout the year. Just this past month the JMG program at Bear Branch was awarded 2nd place in the state by the Texas Master Garden Association for their JMG programs at the school.

Rainwater is good for your plants because it is free of minerals that can harm your plants. The school will not only benefit from the use of collecting rainwater but they also will make good use of a valuable resource. With the state’s limited supply of water we all need to learn to use water wisely. Rainwater Harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use.

As teacher, Sue Buchholz explains, “This water harvesting system is a great addition to our greenhouse and outdoor gardens. It will not only teach the students about water conservation but it will make watering the vegetable gardens so much more effective.” Before this system was installed the teachers and students were hand watering with watering cans by making many trips back and forth to a water faucet.

The school would like to thank those who contributed to making this project possible: Andrea Kieller of Remax, The Woodlands/Spring along with Sterling and Marianne Combs for providing the funds, Jim Bundscho of Homestead Services for installing the system, and Home Depot for donating the pavestones around the tank.