mural photo with lowery story.JPGSixth graders at Richmond County Intermediate School officially began their Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) this fall with participating organizations from the Three Rivers Environmental Educators group.

The first lesson was provided by Alice French from the Menokin Foundation, an organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the home and life of patriot Francis Lightfoot Lee, as a focus for better understanding the fields of history, architecture, archaeology, ecology and other areas of the humanities, by developing innovative scholarship and new practices in conservation.The students participated in a Project WET activity called Make-a-Mural. In this activity, students created a mural depicting various aspects of the watershed in which they live, including its landscape, people, cultures and plant and animal residents.

Students identified many resources found within the Rappahannock River watershed and categorized them into six sections: air, land, water, architecture, people, history and traditions. Each class was then given one part of the six areas to paint. As the day progressed, all of the different areas of the watershed were represented. The mural can now be seen in the 6th grade building at RCIS. Special thanks go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for providing the organizational funding for A River Runs Through Us!By FOR Education Coordinator Lowery Pemberton and Alice French