By Stephanie Selznick, Science Specialist
by Stephanie Selznick
The Curley K-8 School Green Apple Day of Service day was held on September 26th. Our plan was to clean up the school grounds, plant bulbs, rake, and mulch our mini garden. We had perfect weather for the day. We started at 9AM and went to 2:20PM. Volunteers came from Viridian, MASSCOSH, EPA, parents, students and teachers.
We started by having 3rd grade students plant bulbs in the side and front of the school. Each student dug a deep hole to put a bulb in, some students raked the outdoor classroom and some picked up the apples that fell on the ground. Viridian volunteers and some students weeded the mini garden and raked.
As the morning went on, more students came out and helped with the clean up. Everyone wanted to rake, which was extremely surprising because the year before we did the Green Apple Day of Service, no one wanted to rake. Students planted, dug holes, and even planted more bulbs. The students were very serious about making the holes deep, which was nice that they really cared so much. Our volunteers came for the entire morning and did plenty of work with the students. In the end, tmini garden looked just as good as it did in the spring. I was very impressed and happy!
After lunch the teachers, parents, k-1 students, and autistic students grade 6 & 8 came out to help with the clean up and planting. It was nice to see the middle school students helping the K-1 students with hole digging. Everyone planted bulbs and raked the front and side yard of the school. We planted over 400 bulbs, bagged over 20 bags of leaves and not one complaint by the students. Every student had a smile on their face. We really care for our school and it showed that day.
I can't wait till next year to do this again!
Curley K-8 School
40 Pershing Rd.
Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130