Mr. Pira’s Honors Ecology class at Madison High School had a busy first semester. The class is an extension of Ecology I, with more of a focus on hands-on, service-based projects. Students in the Honors Ecology class are required to complete 10 hours of ecologically-based projects in the Madison community. Projects are usually coordinated with the elementary schools, the senior center, and the public library.
In the first semester, Mr. Pira’s students completed a wide range of projects that not only serve Madison students and community members but have a real impact on Madison’s local ecology:
Students built and installed bluebird nesting boxes in the Madison Land Lab to attract more bluebirds to the area and increase wildlife diversity.
The class installed pavers in the school’s organic garden area to improve groundwater recharge and reduce runoff.
The group learned about sustainability by holding “Vegan Fest.” Students created vegan dishes and researched the carbon emissions, water, energy, and land area reduction for each dish.
A group of Honors Ecology students designed and built a “Learning Bridge” to connect students to the more remote areas of the Learning Lab at Madison Middle School. The bridge covers a large basin that had made some parts of the Learning Lab difficult to reach. The students had to present the project to the Board of Education for approval. Big thank you to Madison Carter Lumber and Hemley Tool and Supplies for donating 100% of the materials!
Thank you to Mr. Pira and your students for taking a proactive approach to learning and improving our local ecosystem! We look forward to seeing your accomplishments the rest of the year!