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BMS receives conservation grant


The Rainwater Revival recently awarded a $900 grant to Bandera Middle School that will help fund water conservation efforts and native plant landscaping at its campus in Bandera.
Each year the Rainwater Revival promotes water catchment and conservation projects through grants for Hill Country schools. The funds are raised by auctioning off professionally decorated rain barrels at its annual festival, which brings together water conservation experts and the public in a fun and educational setting.
"Bandera Middle School is right on the mark, setting a great example for schools throughout Central Texas by capturing not only rainwater, but amazing amounts of condensation from the school's air conditioning system to use to water the grounds," said Christy Muse, Executive Director of the Hill Country Alliance, which sponsors the annual Rainwater Revival and provides matching funds for the grants. "Teachers and students are working together on projects to catch water and to replace turf grass around the school grounds with native grasses and plants through partnerships with other conservation-minded groups."
The school plans to use the grant to install small collection stations at each of the school's downspouts, allowing the campus to support more trees and shrubs to improve its green footprint, according to Principal Donald Tosh, Jr. "Students have already designed and built a catchment system and garden, and horticulture classes provide the basis for growing our own native plants, trees and grasses," he said.
The 2012 Rainwater Revival, a free event filled with music, food, fun and rainwater education from basic to advanced, is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Boerne Convention Center from 10 am to 4 pm. Visit www.rainwaterrevival.com for more information about the event. Learn more about HCA at www.hillcountryalliance.org.