People for Pollinators
The People For Pollinators is a two-year grant to install pollinator gardens in Jefferson County Schools. This project is funded by the North American Partnership for Community Environmental Action. The grant is being managed by The Louisville Nature Center and additional funding is being provided by the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.
The plants are free and limited to native species. Native plants are an excellent choice for attracting pollinators and reversing the decline of key pollinators such as monarch butterflies and honey bees.
Although the two-year goal was for 27 schools to participate, after only 14 months, 37 schools have joined the project, and 5 more schools are scheduled for plantings. In an exciting and unexpected development, 19 schools have expanded the original gardens.
Recently, students from Saint Francis of Assisi School traveled across town to help fellow students at The Islamic School of Louisville install a pollinator garden near their classrooms.
Check out this video. The students from St. Agnes came up with their own script to "teach" the 2nd graders all about the pollinator garden they will be taking care of next year.