On April 22nd, the BEETS hosted an Earth Day Celebration on the Buchanan Mall. The event featured healthy yogurt parfait snacks, a scavenger hunt, an “Around the Earth” free throw contest, writing letters to the Earth and seed planting! Children and youth from neighboring programs like Booker T. Washington and Ella Hill came to learn and play with our teens!
Thank you Earth for all that you give us! And thanks to everyone who made Earth Day such a special day!
On Saturday, April 22, 2017 CommunityGrows celebrated Earth Day with students from International High School in Koshland Garden. It was a great day of weeding, pruning, planting and cleaning up the garden for the summer. We were also happy to have two of our Advisory Board members Sarah Penney and Catheline Leung join us. Paul Bergkamp led the crew through mulching the vegetable beds and composting. Great day to celebrate being outdoors and give thanks to the earth! Thank you International High School and Sarah and Catheline!
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. Tasks for the day included Upper Garden Projects (led by Jay), Lower Garden Projects (led by Cha’Shay), Kindergarten 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). 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. Some of the highlights of the day were having the University High School students work with us. Another highlight was having our CommunityGrows Advisory Board out in force, and getting to meet future candidates interested in serving on our board. Thank you Rosa Parks Elementary School, Principal Paul Jacobson, the Green Team (led by Regina Deacon and Jocelyn Herndon), the wonderful parents who brought delicious food, and the many volunteers, young and old, that made this day a great success! For more photos from the day, check out our Flickr Photostream here.