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Students help clean up Escondido Creek

Friday morning and afternoon fourth and fifth grades from Conway Elementary School cleaned up a part of the Escondido Creek Watershed, with the help of Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Escondido councilmembers, Chief of Police Craig Carter, and representatives of the San Diego Zoo, the Escondido Education Foundation and the Splash Lab.
The watershed cleanup is one of nearly 100 projects across the country held to commemorate Better World Day, a program of EL Education, a leading K-12 non-profit organization that supports teachers, schools, and districts to meet the national challenge of raising student achievement across diverse schools and communities.
The cleanup is also the culmination of the students’ year-long work on the importance of a clean watershed to the overall ecosystem. Students posters, exhibits and displays will present what they have learned about the watershed through the “Trout in the Classroom” and other projects.
Conway Elementary is a specialty school in the Escondido Union School District. It is working to become the first EL Education credentialed school in Southern California. Since adopting the EL Education model three years ago, discipline rates have decreased 75%, parent engagement has significantly increased, and academic achievement is on the rise.

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