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Hillside Elementary Garden Gives Students Opportunity to Grow

ROSWELL, GA -- Students at Hillside Elementary School in Roswell are learning about the environment, organic gardening and healthy eating choices through hands-on activities in the school's new gardens.

"Planting Seeds, Growing Minds" is the name of the project that began in 2009 with the installation of eight raised beds, and has since expanded to 25 beds, one handicapped-accessible raised bed and a greenhouse.

The Hillside gardens and greenhouse were funded through grants from Lowe's and the Toshiba Corporation. Parents, students, Boy and Girl Scouts and the school's All-Pro Dads have volunteered their time to help construct, plant and maintain the gardens.

"We are very excited about our new gardens and the opportunities for our students to learn about gardening and healthy eating," said Lori Fanning, principal of Hillside Elementary.

Amphibian Workshop Planned for Chattahoochee Nature Center

ROSWELL, GA -- Hop on over to Roswell to learn how to adopt a stream, wetland or lake and monitor it through amphibians.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the City of Roswell and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will host an amphibian workshop at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

During this workshop, participants will discover the wonderful world of amphibians, the helpful information they tell us about their environment and how we can help their populations under the current threats they face. The agenda includes an indoor presentation highlighting frogs and salamanders that are found in and around streams and wetlands.

Participants will be led along a stream or wetland, identifying calling frogs and examining any that are found.

20th Annual North Fulton Rivers Alive Festival, River Cleanup

ROSWELL, GA -- Rivers Alive, Georgia's annual river cleanup, comes to North Fulton on Saturday, Sept. 25. Sponsored by Keep Roswell Beautiful, the cleanup will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a cookout until 12:30 p.m. at Riverside Park (575 Riverside Road, Roswell, 30075). The event will be held rain or shine.

Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need help to stay clean. Individuals, neighborhoods, scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and service organizations are asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River.

Cleanups of the Chattahoochee and surrounding areas will be going on in the week leading up to the event. Volunteers are needed on the morning of the event for privet removal at Riverside Park and the Chattahoochee Nature Center, as well as litter pickups in surrounding areas.