Today in service learning we started working on the last bench. When we got outside Emily was helping knock down the flower boxes. After the boxes were knocked down everyone from the group carried a piece of wood and made a pile with it. Inside the group was working on fixing the stepping stones by gluing new stones. One group was working together by screwing and building the last bench. The other group was observing the different flowers and talking about making a butterfly garden. They were deciding what could be put in the butterfly garden. We put two painted birdhouses in the courtyard by the trees. We are excited to get to eat lunch outside on our new benches for the third day in a row. One of our groups got to see a hummingbird moth that landed on the butterfly bush. Carl got to come outside in the courtyard and help us with building the bench. We also ate lunch with Carl the cougar.
By: Alyssa Lussier and Bryann Lussier (Grade 1)
Today the younger kids are working on the second bench. The older kids are telling the teachers in the library what we are doing in the courtyard. They’re also laminating the names of the plants in the courtyard so we know what plants there are. The younger kids were measuring. They’re putting on the bench legs. The older kids are putting the names of the plants on a stick of wood. The seat is on the second bench, now it is finished. The younger kids are taping the names of the plants on the sticks. I got to put a name of a plant on one of the plants.
by Brennan Doe - Third Grade
Today in our service learning project we made posters (we used wood planks so we could put them the courtyard). We also had new people drawing on paper! Currently we are making the tough decision on which to pick. One of the drawings we picked was mine! As I walk outside I notice a lot of saws and electric screw-drivers going (this is the on the picnic/bench tables). All of the kids are hard at work, luckily the sun has hid behind the clouds and a breeze is moving in! As I observe we are putting together the bottom top of the bench. A lot of work is going on! The part I am really exited about is eating lunch outside on the picnic tables!!!
Emily Savage (Gr.4)
Today we started to build a bench that turns into a picnic table. The Cub Den kids measured the wood. The boards had to be 32 and one half inches long. Mr. Eric cut them for us. Some of the children got the back of the bench ready by using the screw gun to screw the wood into the plastic piece that came with the kit. Then we put the back of the bench on the back part of the bottom of the bench. We put the front of the bench on. We are almost done with the first bench!
We found a yellow and black butterfly flying around the butterfly bush. We also had a moth flying all around our heads. It tickled if he landed on us so we named him Mr. Tickles.
It has been very hot and we were sweating but we all got freeze pops!
Sophia Linden, Grade 3
Today we designed pictures for the trash can and signs. Mrs. Pagnoni found a birds nest. Everyone helped pick up the branches that we cut yesterday. Some of the kids and teachers dug up a stump. We now have three stumps out. Mr. Hibbard was using a pickax to get out the stump with Mrs. Pagnoni. Mrs. Adley raked leaves to finish cleaning the leaves blocking the entrance and exit. We all cleaned up what we used. Today we didn't find any creatures. It was hot but fun because we had Popsicles when we were done.
Riley Oleski (2nd grader)
We were cutting bushes today, lots were cut down. The branches were hauled to the middle of the courtyard and put in a big pile. The courtyard is looking a lot better. Mr. Hibbard cut big branches, Cody and Trenton helped. Mrs. Santos and Miss Delanski were raking and weeding out the gardens. Again we found creatures like crickets, daddy long legs, a beetle, and worms. We should continue to dig out one of the big stumps and rake where the bushes were.
By Ronin Czub (1st grader)
We started by cleaning up the courtyard and everybody participated to clean up. Then we started to get excised and got right to work. There were a lot of stumps in the courtyard so most of the people participated on getting the stumps out. Everybody was working hard on what they were doing. We were all working together and making progress before moving to the building part of our projected. Ronin found an exoskeleton skin on the ground and it looks like it was from a grasshopper. The kids found a grasshopper in the bushes. Maybe it was his skin. Some people have ideas to make the courtyard better. While I was brushing the side walk my broom broke. Also one more thing Mrs. Mucha and Mr. Hibbard participated.
Cody Ostiguy (Grade 6)
Today in service learning we continued cleaning up the courtyard. A reporter from the newspaper came and interviewed us. She was from the Quaboag Current. She asked if I liked doing this project and doing the blog. I said its really cool that I get to help the school. We raked, weeded, trimmed, edged, and pulled. It was a lot of work. Mr. Nick is so strong he broke a shovel when he was trying to dig up a bush. It got hot so we put up an Easy up tent and got popsicles. The Techers pulled grass and edged the gardens. It sorta like outlining. It makes it look nice. Mrs. Pagnoni got rid of years worth of grass.
Brooke Buzzell, Grade 3
Today we were taking pictures of plants that we want to identify. We also were cutting plants and digging roots up. Also we bent shovels while digging up roots. We also named plants with paper signs telling us what they are. We found out what the pink and yellow moth we found yesterday was, it is called the rosy maple moth that likes to live on maple trees. We were eager to find out what the plastic mosaics were and we found out they were a butterfly and beach scene. We also found some worms and saved them from being dug up from the metal shovel. We also cut and picked up bush limbs to clear them from the garden.
By Aubrey Childs (Grade 3)
Today we started to weed and rake behind the cement bench. Some people measured around the tree and the perimeter of the courtyard for our blueprint. Some were asked to prune overgrown bushes. Mr. Nick dug up a stump. A pair of first graders pruned some tiger lilies.
Read this blog daily to see our progress.
By Arwen Bergeron [seventh grader]
Photos below are our blueprint drawn by McKenna Childs (gr 5)
Also the before picture of our garden