OUR GOAL : PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF OAKWELL
WHAT'S AT STAKE ?
If the Lower Merion School District proceeds with its plans, all of those trees, animals, and structures would disappear in favor of auxiliary athletic fields to be used by the students at Black Rock Middle School.
The above picture is what 13.4 acres of Oakwell looks like today. Home to hundreds of mature trees-some in excess of 100 years old. Home to hundreds of species of birds and other animals, and the site of numerous historical structures.
THE HISTORY OF OAKWELL
To Find Out More About The Rich and Diverse History of Oakwell, Click on The Image Below
THE OAKWELL MOVEMENT is a group of students in the Lower Merion School
District (LMSD) dedicated to the preservation, stewardship, and re-imagining of uses for the
13.4 ecologically valuable and historically significant acres owned by LMSD.
For more info visit us at THE OAKWELL MOVEMENT.
THE OAKWELL MOVEMENT
HELP US IN OUR FIGHT TO SAVE AND PRESERVE OAKWELL
Please speak out at Lower Merion School Board Meetings https://www.lmsd.org/board/meeting-schedule
click on the specific meeting for details
Please write to Lower Merion School Board Directors firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write to your Lower Merion Township Commissioner
Please write to Lower Merion Zoning Board Zoning Officer Scott Houchins. email@example.com
OUR KIDS DESERVE BETTER
Some say that those of us who oppose the School Board plan to destroy hundreds of trees for ball fields are pitting the children against the trees. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course our children are more important than the trees. Our children are also more important than school district programs. Yes, we do understand the importance of school sports. But the greatest threat our children face is the prospect of environmental catastrophe. Environmental degradation will have a more profound impact on our children and their generation than any school program.
The School Board has prioritized its programs before our kids’ futures. They have endorsed a plan for sports fields, and then, having acknowledged that it is an environmentally bad plan, expect compromises be made to support those plans. The School Board has it backwards.
For the benefit of our kids’ future, we first need to commit to avoiding further environmental destruction, and then, given the constraints imposed, devise the best programs possible. Our children’s planet, and therefore our children, come first, not the programs. Our children deserve better from us. Twenty years from now we want to tell them with pride we acknowledged the problem and were were part of the solution, and contributed to saving their finite, priceless natural world.