BROOK PARK ELEMENTARY
5259 David St., 46226, Lawrence Township
General Overview of the School
Brook Park Elementary school (K-6th) is set south of E. 56th and west of I-465. The focus of BPE is environmental education, both throughout the school as well as with the Lawrence Township administration. The best environmental teachers have transferred to BPE. 90% of the teachers at BPE have participated in Project Wild and Wet training (an environmental course put on by Indiana DNR). There are 2 naturalists on site at BPE to help with the development and implementation of the environmental studies. BPE is a “select school” so parents have the choice to send the children there.
Overview of the BPE KIB Club
Led by the 2 naturalists at the school, Jennifer Wright and Dave Shafer, the club will consist of a group of kids ranging in age and will focus on creating and maintaining the different projects that will take place at the school.
Landscape Design Plan
BPE has a very large campus but very few trees, so their first goal is to plant more trees… native, fruit and nut, shade, etc. A vegetable garden has already been installed and is growing very well, but needs some expertise in design and maintenance and eventually expanded. The 5th grade classrooms are developing a plan for solid waste management that includes recycle containers for paper in all of the classrooms and offices and 2 compost bins. Rain barrels need to be installed throughout the school to help with watering and 3 bio-swales will be designed and built.
Volunteer Landscape Architect
David Gorden, Mark M. Holeman Landscaping, Inc.
Click here to see a copy of their landscape design plan.
What's Happening in 2013...
This spring Brook Park Elementary invited volunteers to help them build beautiful and functional planter benches at the front entrance of the school. BPE students also worked hard to re-mulch and weed the planted areas near the entrance to create a welcome and serene feeling for all of the school’s visitors. The BPE KIB club is now working to maintain the many trees planted throughout the school’s campus over the past two years.
Check out how volunteers helped BPE build planter benches this spring!
What Happened in 2012
KIB worked with Roche Diagnostic to plant over 90 trees on the school campus, build and plant a vegetable garden that is now used by the school as well as the neighboring church and successfully transformed a retention pond into a bio-retention pond which naturally filters out pollutants from stormwater runoff.
What Happened in 2011
KIB helped Brook Park Elementary plant over 50 trees all throughout their campus with groups from IUPUI and Johnson Controls. Additionally, volunteers built a compost bin for the school's vegetable garden located in their outdoor lab.
On May 11th, 2012, volunteers from Roche Diagnostic helped transform the campus. Over 2,500 perennials and grasses were added to the retention basin making it a bio-retention basin now. More than 10 raised beds were built for the community garden between the school and nearby church. Also, over 90 native trees were planted, mulched and watered. Everything is being cared for by students from the school as well as a summer program from the church.
On September 9th, 2011, volunteers from Johnson Controls helped to plant in the "soon-to-be" rain garden. More than 15 native trees and 20 native perennials went in the ground. The KIB Club will help to maintain and water them.
On April 20th, 2011, volunteers from IUPUI helped the KIB Club kids plant 13 native trees around the campus.