Gen. Ray Davis Middle School's "For the Birds!" project was recently named the state winner of the Disney Planet Challenge contest - the first time a middle school won that distinction - and is among the top 20 projects in the country.
The year-long project under the direction of art teacher Katy King consisted of a variety of interdisciplinary activities to learn about and help native bird life and habitats and to apply science to local and global concerns.
DMS students went bird banding at Panola Mountain State Park with rangers and a CDC scientist, heard from an Audubon society representative, created large portraits of birds, went bird watching at Panola Mountain, labeled storm water drains, created and decorated birdbaths, feeders and bird houses, and will plant trees in April.
Sponsors included the Rockdale County Foundation Grant, Snapping Shoals Grant, Donors Choose, and Lowe's Tool Box Grant.
For being the top project in the state, DMS students won a Disney prize pack and King will receive a $1,000 check.
For more information, go to www.dpcproject.com.