LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A group of Purdue students planted an urban savanna at the Cary Home for Children Saturday.
"We have over 9,000 plants that need to get planted so we asked for 100 volunteers and could not have imagined the response in the first 15 minutes well over 100 volunteers had arrived," Purdue student and event organizer Kaitlyn Bilodeau said.
Purdue urban water projects students organized the event after receiving a grant from Ford Motor Company.
"We wrote a grant last summer and we got $50,000 from Ford to install urban water projects in the community and this was our first project," Purdue instructor Lindsey Payne said.
A project based around protecting the environment.
"It will help reduce water runoff into the storm drains and use the water into the soil. It will also recharge the water system as well," student Brenda Carton said.
Among the volunteers were families, Purdue students and Cary Home students. Cary Home for Children Community Engagement Coordinator Carah Rawlings said the partnership with Purdue is a valuable lesson for Cary students. Rawlings said they're learning about plants, and how to take care of them. She said once finished they'll play a key role in caring for the 9,000 plants.
"We'll have different crews come out to have them pick up trash, weeding, keeping things water, and so yeah we'll have kids helping with the upkeep," Rawlings said.
Purdue Student Jessica Rush said designing the layout of the garden took months of planning, but they had help.
"Working with the students here at Cary Home and asking them what was important to them in the design, so that we worked with them directly," student Jessica Rush said.
The grant will also help fund projects at Oakland High School and Imagination Station.
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