St. Viator Elementary School recently shared a Facebook post about our new pollinator garden. The majority of the installation is complete, so we can share more details about this beautiful, functional addition to our campus.
St. Viator Dad Jeremy Ohmes secured a "Schoolyard Habitat Grant" through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) back in the spring of 2020.
The original grant was awarded just before the pandemic closures and students switched to remote learning. Mr. Ohmes stayed in touch with the IDNR and after reapplying for the grant for the ‘20–’21 school year, St. Viator successfully secured the grant for this spring. One of the grant stipulations was that students must be involved in the planting and care of the garden. So over the past year and a half, Mr. Ohmes connected with the St. Viator Elementary School Principal, Lisa Rieger, and the dedicated STEM teacher, Mrs. Maria Goslin. Together, they shaped a multi-faceted school project involving multiple grades. Grass was removed, plants were purchased, and the project broke ground this spring.