Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, science teacher Vanessa DeLuca's class was surprised by a goose wearing a Wawa T-shirt, members of the media, school administrators and several other dignitaries.
The reason: Students' "rain garden" stormwater filtration project had won a $5,000 Environmental Community Service Award and will now become a reality.
As part of the project, several native plants will be seeded in the wetlands at nearby Jarrett Nature Center. When the plants are fully grown they will filter out pollutants that would otherwise enter nearby creeks and ponds.
The rain garden will help the environment and, in addition, "look very attractive," Jarrett Nature Center consultant and volunteer Richard Collier said.
Hatboro-Horsham High School Principal Dennis Williams told students the award was "another example of the quality that comes out of this building."
"This is going to make a huge impact on our community," Williams said.
The award is sponsored by Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, NBC 10 and Wawa.