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Tom Melius Visits Lee Elementary, a SEEDS School
Midwest Region, March 31, 2009
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In March 2009, Region 3 Regional Director Tom Melius paid a visit to Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri. The Columbia Ecological Services Office has partnered with Lee Elementary School since 2007 as part of the field office's SEEDs (Students, the Environment and Endangered Species) program. Most recently, the Columbia Ecological Services Office provided $5,000 to the school to convert part of its playground for nature study. In April, as part of Kiwanis One Day, members from local Kiwanis Club helped expand and update the playground to include more green space so that students can better connect with nature. When asked about the project, Charlie Scott of the Columbia Ecological Services Office said, "This is a powerful partnership that improves the education of the students through greater access to nature. During his visit to the school, Melius had the opportunity to discuss the playground renovation project with the school's principle, Teresa VanDover. Melius also took a look at the school's new aquarium, recently installed by members of the Columbia Ecological Services Office. The aquarium features local fish species, including bluegill and catfish.

Contact Info: James Maritz, 573-234-2132, jimmy_maritz@fws.gov
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