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Wellness Committee News: May 2013

Edible Garden 
The 4/5 students planted seeds in seed trays on April 11 with the help of parent volunteers Sara Brintnall & Deb Lentz. The seedlings are shooting up like crazy in the green house and may even need to be transplanted in larger containers before they can be planted in the garden. The students also planted beans, squash, and popcorn seeds for the Native American custom of the “3 Sisters” Garden, which will be transplanted into the A-wing garden. A work day was held on Sunday, April 14 to help prep the gardens for planting. Several Honey Creek families cleaned out the playground garden and the A-wing garden just in time for planting.
Earth Day 

Thank you to all of our wonderful parent volunteers and our fabulous staff as well who put extra effort into helping make Earth Day a wonderful day for our children!!!  It would not have been possible without each and every one of you!!! Michigan artist/entertainer Joel Schoon Tanis and his partner Steven spent the day with our kids to help them celebrate Earth Day.

During the day our children ran an obstacle course, created sculptures with recycling, cleaned up the school yard habitat, learned about oil spills, played Save the Recycling (Capture the Flag), participated in a game show with Steve, and wrote Earth Day pledges directly onto the painting boards. Joel took the Earth Day pledge boards and made two paintings out of them. The first painting shows our children’s ideas coming together and taking root as a young tree. The second painting is the completed tree, symbolizing what we can accomplish when we all work together. Al and Jody discussed how nice it would be to have the paintings framed before they are placed in the main entrance. Please email Jody at jodyscout@gmail.com if you can help in any way with getting them framed.

Farm to School/Try It Thursday

The April 11 Farm to School feature was mixed greens with strawberry vinaigrette. The greens came from Ferris Farms in Dixboro. The following week the mixed greens were put in the salad bar and prepared steamed with dressing for Try it Thursday. Because of our cool spring, rhubarb will not be ready for the previously scheduled Farm to School day on May 2. Therefore we’ll wait a week and serve the featured veggie, rhubarb, on May as a tea with sweetener.

Fruit & Veggie Bowls – Bananas were provided by WC the week of April 22.

Wellness Committee Meeting –  Please join us for the end-of-the-school-year off-site wrap-up meeting on Friday evening, June 7. Location TBA. Please contact Jane Pacheco (janeden@sbcglobal.net) or Deb Lentz (tantrefarm@hotmail.com) if you are interested in joining us.

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