Students plant 200 trees to protect Parrott Branch Creek

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students from Crozet Elementary School and Western Albemarle High School teamed up to plant trees and prevent runoff from getting into Parrott Branch Creek.

The Rivanna Conservation Alliance provided 200 seeds to give students a chance to plant, tag and grow trees next to the creek at Crozet Elementary School.

Jacob Kasen, a fifth grader at Crozet Elementary School, was one of the students involved in the project.

"We're doing a riparian buffer to keep runoff from getting into the stream," he said.

The riparian buffer acts as a shield to keep runoff from getting into the creek.

Brandy Garbaccio, a teacher at Crozet Elementary School, said the riparian buffer will also maintain a vital part to their classroom activities.

"We actually test water in our creek already through our science class, so we wanted to make sure this riparian barrier was going to protect our creek and continually protect it," she said.

The experience also gave fifth graders a chance to work with students from Western Albemarle High School, which Garbaccio said would allow them to talk with their potential mentors.

"The fifth graders are really excited about going to middle school next year and now they're seeing the new phase and how things are progressing," Garbaccio said.

The team effort is also something she said would go a long way to help them conserve their environment.

"The planting of the trees would protect not only from the runoff, but also protecting our water source," she said. "Also so that the children were able to play because they like to be around the trees."

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