Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - This is one way students can leave their legacy behind when they graduate. No, we're not talking about an end of the year senior prank.
More than a hundred students at Palo Verde Magnet High School rebuilt a wetland ecosystem, similar to the vanishing habitat of the Santa Cruz River Valley.
The area had been left unattended for years. That is, until students and administrators took over and cleaned it up.
They fixed the irrigation system, planted gardens and built a greenhouse.
"The best part about seeing it is that you know it was a community effort," said Palo Verde Magnet Senior Ian Tezer. "And in the end, it's something we all can look back on as a group, and talk about and be proud of."
But here's the best part. The Wetland Project is also designed as an outdoor classroom for special needs students. Those students are able to get their hands into the dirt to study the senses, and take care of desert animals.