Chapin students and community members are teaming up to support local wildlife

Chapin Elementary School’s (CES) Eaglets Making Impact Team and Chapin Intermediate School’s Garden Club work together to restore habitat and support local wildlife.

Under the guidance of leaders like Kaycee Sites, who leads the Chapin Intermediate garden club, students have been engaged in various activities such as winter seed sowing, planting garden boxes, and creating artistic garden additions. Similarly, the leaders of CES’s Eaglets Making Impact Team, Jennifer Layton and Kaitlyn Baxa, alongside the Chapin Garden Club and SC Green Steps Mentor Laura Blake-Orr, have focused on pollinator awareness, composting, and achieving South Carolina Wildlife Federation certification for their pollinator garden.

Thanks to the support of local organizations like Team Landolph, Fidelis Family Retreat, Bolands Ace Hardware, and community volunteers, these groups are coming together to make an even greater impact. Recently, students from both groups collaborated to place bird boxes across the campuses of Chapin Elementary and Chapin Intermediate Schools. Guided by environmentalist Jay Keck from the SC Wildlife Federation, they learned about the birds these homes will support, proper installation, and future care.

Excited to share their efforts with the community, both schools will be participating in the Chapin Area Garden Crawl, an event created by Chapin Elementary School’s Eaglet’s Making Impact Team. This event aims to engage the community in learning, playing, and connecting in the beautiful spaces around town.

Principal Jess Hutchinson expressed pride in the Eaglets Making Impact Club for promoting philanthropy, empathy, leadership, community building, and positive change within CES. The club’s contributions are truly making a difference in the school community.

Community members are invited to visit Chapin Elementary School and Chapin Intermediate School on April 27th between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to see the raised beds, pollinator garden, and newly placed bird boxes. The event will offer information, hands-on learning opportunities, and make-and-take activities for everyone to enjoy.

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