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NBC29 Reports on Curry 8th Grade River Project


The Rivanna River has new native plant buffers in Darden Towe Park, thanks to the efforts of a group of eighth-grade science students tasked with studying the river’s water quality as part of a Youth-Nex- and DuBarry Foundation-funded project.

See NBC29 story: Area 8th-Graders Take Part in UVA-Funded Rivanna River Project

Students celebrated their work studying water quality and devising a solution to problems caused by construction in the park.

U.Va. professors Sara Rimm-Kaufman and Eileen Merritt of the Curry School of Education received a grant from Youth-Nex, the U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, to study the effects of engaging the students in this service-learning program.

“Many students do not have opportunities to spend time outdoors engaged in solving real-world problems,” Merritt said.

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