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Coosa Valley RC&D Sponsors “Ponds for Kids Project”


Oxford Elementary Students Stock Fish Pond
Students from Oxford Elementary stock fish pond that volunteers installed on their school ground to study aquatic ecosystem management.

By Eddie B. May, Coosa Valley RC&D Coordinator

The Oxford Elementary School community in Calhoun County is very proud of their new pond for kids recently installed on their campus. The self-sustaining pond was constructed by the students, teachers, parents and over 300 community volunteers.

The self-sustaining pond ecosystem was constructed in just one day at the site by students, teachers, and over 300 parents and community volunteers. Teamwork, responsibility, and stewardship were displayed at its best as everyone rolled up their sleeves and worked together; moving soil, transporting gravel, compacting soil, carrying fire hoses, placing the liner, laying rocks, planting aquatic plants and stocking the fish.

Doyle Keasal (Alabama Cooperative Extension System) was very instrumental in providing on-site directions to a group of more than 500 hundred excited workers. Doyle also assisted the teachers in formulating a lesson plan for the pond which will be used to study aquatic ecosystem management.

Special thanks to Cristy Humphries, Executive Director of the OCSEF; Dr. Jeff Goodwin, Oxford City School Superintendent; State Rep. Barbara Boyd; and all of the volunteers who came together in order to make this interactive outdoor classroom a success.

The effort was lead and sponsored by the Coosa Valley RC&D Council and the Oxford City School Education Foundation (OCSEF).