We know the kids are the ones who post to the blog, but since the summer program is over and we wanted to get the most recent pictures on the site, I am writing a quick blog.
We held a celebration cookout on Thursday, August 4. Everyone used the picnic benches and tables that we built. We invited our community partners from Lowes and Five Star Gardens, Tyler Mucha, and Mr. & Mrs. Provencher. Mr. Kustigian and members of the school committee were asked to come and see our hard work. We were also joined by many family members who were anxious to see the transformation that occurred in the courtyard.
Here is a link to an iMovie that the students made with the many pictures from the summer service learning program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLUJyKIHNhQ
On Friday, we went to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in Deerfield. We saw many of the plants from our courtyard along with many of the same butterflies. We wrapped up our day with a quick stop at Yankee Candle and enjoyed a snow flurry in the Barvarian Village.
Addison, Ronin, Alyssa, Bryann, and I picked up the leaves outside and put them into trash cans. While we were doing this, Trenton, Cody, Arwin, McKenna, Aubrey, and Brennan were cleaning up the termite traps. We also cut down weeds and cut up some of the bushes to open up more space in the courtyard. Aubrey found some milk weeds while cutting the weeds away.
Mr. P and Mrs. P helped us build the bench around the tree. We helped screw the seats on to the bench to finish it. Finishing this bench today was our goal, which we met right on schedule. We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. P for all their hard work and helping up make this bench possible. It helps make the courtyard look awesome. We are excited to show our families, friends, and community partners all the hard work we have put into our courtyard. Thank you to everyone who has support throughout the project. We look forward to using the courtyard during the school year.
By: Riley Oleski (2nd grader)
Group two and group one started to do the landscaping fabric they went around the plants and through the whole garden. Miss Jess was taking out the roots she found milk weed the roots were big. They stopped the landscaping fabric every time they ran into a plant. Group two was doing a great job so was group one. Getting the landscaping fabric on the dirt and around the plants was a hard job but they were doing it Mrs. Jess found a piece of glass in the dirt to and Addison found a sea shell. Aubrey was cutting the day lilies and another plant. Riley was sweeping the walkway with a broom. Team two was carrying the bag of mulch to the landscaping fabric they were working so hard. Ronin found a bulb team two was doing good in spreading it team one was to. They were spreading the mulch by hands and rake.
By Trentin Buzzell grade 4
Today at Service Learning we took bags of red mulch out of Ms. O’s car. Arwen and Cody carried bags into the courtyard, we put the rest on a cart. Then we counted how many bags, and there were ten bags of the red mulch. The other kids are raking in the middle of the circle of the courtyard. Riley, Ronin and Bryann are hanging up two bird houses. Cody and Bryann are pushing the wagon full of dirt.
Riley and Ronin are making bird feeders. Cody is making the last bird feeder. Sophia pulled out a big weed. It was huge! All of the kids are filling in the hole of the stumps. Alyssa is pulling the wagon. The bird houses are almost done. We found a bug on Ronin’s leg. Bryann swept up the dirt. Riley and Sophia are edging the circle now. Ronin and Alyssa are sweeping. Kids went in to record the Imovie.
by Addison Germain (Grade 3)