Glenside Elementary Riparian Buffer Ribbon Cutting a Wet Success!

Julie Slavet
May 31, 2012

A torrential downpour arrived just in time to test the riparian buffer during the ribbon cutting ceremony at Glenside Elementary School on May 24th. Even indoors, the ceremony was a great success, following the Girls in Science fair led by parents. Principal Bruce Williams started the ceremony by introducing the riparian buffer’s history, from conception in 2009 to completion in 2012.

Principal Bruce Williams welcomes students and visitorsPrincipal Williams introduces the project to kids, parents and partners.

In Spring 2009, TTF replaced 10,000 square feet of lawn grass along the fence behind the Glenside Elementary School with native trees, shrubs and grasses. These plantings provide a much-needed buffer between the school lawn and the creek that runs alongside it. Read more about the project at our blog here.

Glenside Riparian Buffer with signThe buffer, with informative signs

TTF’s Julie Slavet introduced our organization and how we work to promote clean water in the communities of our watershed. Learn more about how you can get involved here.

David McVeigh-Schultz represented the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council and explained how riparian buffers work. The riparian buffer filters stormwater that runs from the playgrounds, over the grass lawn and into Rock Creek, helping to keep it clean.

Rebekka Hartwell, parent and member of the school PTO board, thanked the students, parents and staff for their roles in this project. She is very happy to have a riparian buffer here at her school.

Thank you to all our partners! We hope you’ll visit the buffer soon!

The principal cuts the ribbon!

Cutting the ribbon!

To learn more about this project, please see our blogs here and here. Download our riparian buffer brochure here [.pdf].

For more photos, click here.

To get involved at your school, click here.


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