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
Today was our first day of outdoor work; we began doing things to help the garden such as measuring and lots of pulling plants. One of our groups which are taking care of the tree bench measured the diameter and circumference of the tree’s trunk. They found out that the circumference was 80 and the diameter was 25.47 to be able to build our bench. The same group has also been working on digging up hosta a plant around the tree we need for the bench. This will allow for more space to build in. The other group has been working on the perimeter and area of our two gardens. This will let us know how much room we have to plant new flowers and bushes and weed out any unwanted plants that have grown overtime. Mrs. Oliveira has taken pictures of plants to show to a community worker at Five Star Garden Center. They will tell us which plants to keep and which ones are weeds. Also, today Mrs. Mucha has decided to let us continue our building process, and Mr. Eric has decided to help us on building.
Remember to check our blog every day for new updates on our building process
Thank you all for your help and ideas,
McKenna Childs [5th grade]
Picture below is a sample of the type of table we want to build for the courtyard
Today in our service learning program, we decided our top 3 priorities of what we want to do, our chosen area is the courtyard! One of the first steps were eliminating and researching ideas, there were a lot of great ones, but only the ones that won the voting got chosen. Our number 1 priority was the “around the tree bench” and the picnic tables. Our second priorities (they tied in the vote) were, getting a pavilion and gardening. Some of our ideas included, a flower garden shaped with the words W.B.E.S written in flowers, another idea was wooden plank walkway through the gardens (children tend to run through it). So far it has been a lot of fun!
By: Emily Savage (4th grader) and Brooke Buzzell (3rd grader)