The students then organize and conduct a community cleanup in Warsaw, which is open to the public. This event gives instant gratification and shows students and community members how they can make a difference. This year’s event will be on April 9 with a welcome at the Main Street Park at 9 a.m. Partners from TREE also organize a field experience day at Belle Isle State Park. This day is full of fun activities along the banks of the Rappahannock River! In the end, students reflect on their participation in the program and write letters to the editor, Board of Supervisors and School Board.

A River Runs Through Us is a program that works because of the incredible partnerships and dedicated teacher, Patty Ptucha. As the third year comes to a close, we look forward to strengthening this program and assisting in the continuation in Lancaster County Public Schools and expansion into Essex, Westmoreland, Middlesex and King George County Public Schools over the next two years, thanks to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training grant. For more information about this program or to register for the Warsaw Cleanup, please contact Lowery Pemberton at

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