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School gets weather station grant

Prince Edward County High School (PECHS) was awarded a $99.99 Prince Edward Public Schools Endowment (PEPSE) grant for the purchase of a AcuRite Digital Weather Station.

According to Principal on special assignment Tammy Hurt, students will be able to plan and conduct investigations with the weather station.

“These investigations will revolve around temperature, pressure, wind direction,” Hurt said. “They’re going to use math skills to do various calculation problems.”

She said it will also do forecasts and predictions.

“We have other grants with PEPSE, dealing with the nature trail that (physical education teacher Janet Green) had started last year to make some improvements with that,” Hurt said. “That’s going to be a cross curricular activity with the high school students.”

She said she currently doesn’t have the budget for that grant yet because PEPSE asked for some revisions to the grant.

“Some of it’s a sustainability grant, adding some plants that Ms. Green had wanted to add before,” Hurt said. “… I believe there’s something to do with a trail bridge. So yeah it’s building upon what’s already out there and making it more sustainable.”

The nature trail behind PECHS is part of a outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom includes a ropes course, a trail and a sitting area with benches and a podium for outdoor instruction.

The classroom opened in May 2017.