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Mass planting to help butterflies

By: Staff report
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MEADOW VISTA — Live Oak Waldorf School’s fourth-grade planned to begin a mass planting of milkweed Tuesday on campus to support the local butterfly habitat. The school is participating in the Schoolyard Habitat Program through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sarah Dunbar is the fourth-grade teacher and guiding force behind the endeavor.

“I thought of this in second grade when pondering how to engage our class and school in an environmental service project that could bring to life some of our science and geography curricula,” Dunbar said. “I knew of the plight of the monarchs, so I went in search of collaborators and funding.”

Dunbar reached out and met with local U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities to assess the area that would be planted and agreed the Live Oak Waldorf School campus would be an ideal location.  A formal application was submitted and the plan took off.

Live Oak Waldorf School will be one of several California schools participating in the Schoolyard Habitat Program.  For more information, visit fws.gov/Cno/conservation/Schoolyard.html.