The Builders Club at Mt. Airy Middle School is launching a drive to build 10 bat houses to be located in the area.
The Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the Builders Club, is working with groups of student members to assemble the bat houses, and local Master Gardeners will help place them in viable locations. Technology education teacher Chip Weaver and A is for Africa founders Rick and Mary Ann Smith will join in the building process. The club has asked local businesses to contribute supplies for the project.
Kerry Wixted, Outreach Specialist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, gave a presentation to students on bats, their value, and their diminishing presence. Students will assemble the boxes on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and plan to complete them on Wednesday, April 17. A celebration and handoff to the Mt. Airy Beautification Committee will be held on a future date.
The Builders Club is a service organization advised by media Specialist Pamela Lichty. The club has made cards for patients at Carroll Hospital Center, collected over 250 pairs of socks for the men who use the county homeless shelter, and made gift bags for local postal workers.