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Wellness Committee News: April 2013

Save the date: Edible Garden Work Day, Sunday, April 14 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Family members of all ages are invited to come to the Honey Creek playground’s edible garden for the morning to help turn soil, spread compost, weed, and prepare the beds for Earth Day planting. Bring tools, gloves, and wheelbarrows. Stay for a picnic lunch when the garden work is complete.

The 4/5 classrooms will be preparing seedlings for the edible garden this week in the school’s greenhouse. These starts and seeds will be planted by the K/1 and 2/3 students to plant in May.  

 

Save the date: Earth Day 2013 will be Friday, April 19.

We are very excited to welcome Michigan artist/entertainer Joel Schoon Tanis to our Earth Day celebration. Joel and his partner, Steve, will work with our children, including our friends at High Point and Gretchen’s House, to create a painting made of scraps of recycled paper on which our students will have each written their Earth Day pledge. The painting will hang in the front entrance of the school just outside the Pit as a reminder of those pledges. Similar to last year, the students will participate in a morning assembly and multiple stations throughout the day.

 

VOLUNTEER!

Want to help plan our Earth Day event? Meet with us on Wednesday mornings from 8:15-9:30am in the Cafetorium during the month of April. Call Jody Klein with questions: 734-845-6230.

We will need many volunteers to help on the day of our Earth Day celebration. More information will be coming soon. 

 

Farm to School

This month our featured local produce is Mixed Greens (kale, Swiss chard, spinach) from Ferris Farms in Ann Arbor. Tomm Becker, a local organic farmer from Sunseed Farm (http://www.farmsunseed.com/our-story.php) in Ann Arbor, will be a guest speaker for the 6th through 8th graders sometime in April. He will be sharing his knowledge of extending the seasons with hoop houses through a discussion of how to grow many different types of greens throughout all four seasons.

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