Earth Day at Rosa Parks Elementary School Gardens

On Saturday, April 23, 2017 CommunityGrows joined the families of Rosa Parks Elementary School, the student volunteers from University High School, and our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) and Advisory Board members and candidates, for a very successful workday.. Jay Jordan and Cha’Shay Woldridge, CommunityGrows staff, led the group in a number of projects. Jay started the day with a check-in circle and talked about Earth Day and our commitment to making the world a better place for future generations. 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6508Tasks for the day included Upper Garden Projects (led by Jay), 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6557Lower Garden Projects (led by Cha’Shay), 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6518Kindergarten Yard Planting (led by Jocelyn Herndon), Cul De Sac Weeding (East-led by Christina Bogiages), and cleaning by the shed (led by Mie Yaginuma). One of the biggest accomplishments was finishing the deck of the new greenhouse shed (led by Kat Sawyer, Bret Lobree, Augie Philips and others). 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6543 David Burnett, Outreach Coordinator for the Recreation and Park Department also joined us with three more volunteers. Here’s a photo of him with Rosa Parks grandparent, Wayne Hiroshima.4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6515 Some of the highlights of the day were having the University High School students work with us. 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6497 Another highlight was having our CommunityGrows Advisory Board out in force, and getting to meet future candidates interested in serving on our board.4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6551 Thank you Rosa Parks Elementary School, Principal Paul Jacobson, the Green Team (led by Regina Deacon and Jocelyn Herndon), 4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6560 the wonderful parents who brought delicious food, and4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6525 the many volunteers, young and old, that made this day a great success!4.23.16-RP-Wkday_IMG_6530 For more photos from the day, check out our Flickr Photostream here.