United Way Provides Volunteers, Plants for
Annual Wetland Watchers Celebration in Norco
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 United Way of St. Charles had the incredible honor and pleasure of participating in the Harry Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers end of year celebration at Wetland Watchers Park in Norco.
Over 1,000 people including elementary, middle and high school students from across St. Charles Parish participated in the event. Volunteers from several local community and industry organizations including Dow, Monsanto, Norco Manufacturing Complex, Valero, and Entergy Waterford III participated in the celebration as well.
Highlights from the day were catching crabs in Lake Pontchartrain, touring nature trails and petting native wildlife including snakes, turtles and baby alligators.
Another high point for visitors was receiving their United Way of St. Charles parsley seed kit. Over 800 plants were distributed to students, teachers and volunteers as part of United Way's healthy living initiative. The entire process of planting the seeds, caring for the sprouts, and finally harvesting the mature parsley successfully demonstrates the relationship between ecology and nutritious food as part of a healthy lifestyle. To view the progress on some of those parsley seeds, click here.
Utilizing educational models and handouts purchased with United Way funds, Registered Dietician Laurie Acosta of St. Charles Parish Hospital also educated students about the importance of making smart diet and exercise choices.
United Way of St. Charles is proud to partner with St. Charles Parish Public Schools on this event and many others. United Way is committed to furthering the health, well being and education of students in St. Charles Parish.
For more information about United Way of St. Charles, please visit www.uwaysc.org or call 985.331.9063.