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Students showcase efforts to protect Grand River watershed

  • Area K-12 students will display their projects at the 2018 Groundswell Student Showcase May 23.

Posted on May 15, 2018

Area K-12 students will showcase their projects designed to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes during the 2018 Groundswell Student Showcase May 23 at Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids. Video presentations begin at 6 p.m. and table exhibits will run from 7:15-8 p.m.

The showcase will recognize the accomplishments of 5,500 local students from 29 elementary, middle and high schools in the Grand Rapids region. Students will present videos featuring the actions they took this school year to help protect the environment.

Groundswell, which is housed in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University, creates opportunities for hands-on environmental learning for students throughout West Michigan. 

Examples highlighted at the showcase include a project by students from Godwin Middle School who conducted chemical testing of a tributary of Plaster Creek. The students are using the results to determine the impact of pollution in stormwater runoff on the stream and working to educate the public on how to keep the watershed healthy.

Also, students from Crestwood Middle School are partnering with Steelcase to create a native plant garden that will capture rainwater from the Steelcase parking lot. The native plants will filter out pollution that otherwise would have gone down the storm drain and into the river. 

Groundswell is a coalition of community partners that creates opportunities for hands-on environmental learning for K-12 students in West Michigan.

Financial support for Groundswell comes from Grand Valley's College of Education, the Wege Foundation, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Baldwin Foundation. 

The event is free and open to the public. Visit for details.

For more information contact Kimberly Pawelka at (616) 331-6804, or Clayton Pelon at (616) 331-6813,