On Monday, October 16th, at 3:00 p.m. Heights Elementary will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first portion of their Slough Restoration Project. After three years of fundraising and working to obtain permits and approvals the school is thrilled to have the first portion of their project complete.
The idea of restoring the slough began 3 years ago when the previous principal, Diane Salko, and the PTA board decided to use donations from their annual school auction to restore the boardwalk located on the wetland property parallel to the school.
In the past the boardwalk was used by classes to observe the wetlands and class pictures were taken there. By restoring the boardwalk the students of Heights Elementary will be able to return to the wetland area to experience hands-on learning of our native southwest Florida plants and animals.
With the support of the current principal, Doug Palow, and the help of Matt Horton, with Ensite Design, Brent Stokes, of Stokes Marine, and general contractor, Steve Shimp, the first section of the boardwalk is complete. The plans include another 220 feet of boardwalk, an outdoor classroom area and an amphitheater.