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CASE STUDIES

Superior Stewardship

WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
CALUMET, MICHIGAN

PROJECT SUMMARY

Washington Middle School is located in Calumet, Michigan, which is on the Keweenaw Peninsula in an area known as Copper Country. Spotted knapweed, an invasive species, is commonly found in and around Calumet. Recognizing its potential to wipe out other valuable and necessary native plants, the seventh-grade students at Washington Middle School developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to remove it.

The project was supported by the GRAND Learning Network, one of nine regional hubs that comprise the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

“I enjoy teaching this way, because it is the way I would have liked to learn as a seventh grader! This project has instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment in our youth as they develop a feeling of stewardship for our community and Lake Superior.”

Darrell Hendrickson
Teacher, Washington Middle School