WINFIELD — Gov. William Donald Schaefer visited South Carroll High School last week -- his second appearance there this academic year.
The governor visited South Carroll in October to kick off a pilot recycling program for selected high schools across the state. Both South Carroll and Westminster high schools were chosen as sites for the program.
After a school-wide assembly and a discussion with members of theschool's environment club, the governor cut his appearance short, but promised to return at a later date.
Senior Shannon Gerhold, whose concerns for recycling prompted the governor to visit last fall, last week updated Schaefer on the recycling program, which has been expanded to include other schools in that part of the county.
Schaefer visited the school's science classrooms, where he observed a student-made 800-gallon aquarium eco system, which contains aquatic plants,a biological filter and acid retrieval systems.
He also learned that the school's science and environment clubs are working to restorea wetlands area behind the school, which is situated off Route 26. To celebrate Earth Day, students cleaned out a former dumping area andplanted a buffer of pine and other trees to protect the wetlands.