8th-Graders Take Part in UVA-Funded Rivanna River Project

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Wednesday, a group of Albemarle county students got out of the classroom and spent the day down by the river. The group teamed up with the University of Virginia to clean up the Rivanna River.

Students from the Community Public Charter School spent the day adding plant buffers alongside the river in Darden Towe Park to prevent toxins from polluting it.

"We researched a lot about it and we've found out that native plants were really good because they are growing to their habitat so they grow faster, they're better for the climate, they're host plants for the organisms," said Samantha Peterson, eighth-grade student.

The students have worked on the initiative for nine weeks. It wraps up next week with a tour of the students' plantings.