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Robert Moton Elementary School and Catoctin Mountain Park Compete in “First Bloom” Youth Garden Design Contest

Release Date: 4/15/2011 10:25:57 AM

Fourth grade students at Robert Moton Elementary School and Catoctin Mountain Park are competing in the National Park Foundation’s “First Bloom” Youth Garden Design Contest.
     
The Garden Design Contest is the culmination of a year of work for Robert Moton Elementary School in partnership with Catoctin Mountain Park, where they have learned important lessons about stewardship and conservation. The school’s fourth grade is currently one of 24 youth groups participating in the program in 24 national parks throughout the country.
     
“Robert Moton Elementary School is excited to compete in the First Bloom Garden Design Contest because we’re putting the knowledge and skills learned in the program to a practical and very beneficial use in the park,” said fourth grade teacher Amanda Frushour. “This experience has also helped our kids grow their love for the outdoors and commitment to conservation.
     
The contest challenged First Bloom youth groups around the country to create the best garden design. The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, designed the program to give students in grades 4-6 firsthand experience in national parks and teach important conservation lessons, including the difference between native and invasive plant species.
     
Catoctin Mountain Park’s garden design can be viewed and voted on from April 15 through May 16, 2011, at www.first-bloom.org. The group with the most votes will win a free trip to a national park. The National Park Foundation also will award at random three prize packages to voters who participate. Visitors to the site may cast their vote once daily, with each vote increasing the chances of winning.

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