Spring planting with Leschi Elementary’s students will begin Friday March 6. Volunteers have been busy preparing for spring and exciting new collaborations with community volunteers have been created.
Community collaborators include Green Plate Special (http://greenplatespecial.org/), a Seattle based nonprofit who’s mission is to inspire and empower youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together, and IslandWood. Green Plate has provided two teachers Brian and Laura to teach garden education to our 4th/5th graders. Islandwood has provided two teachers, Haley and Thomas, to teach outdoor education to three of our 1,2,3 and 2,3 classrooms. Haley is an AmeriCorp volunteer at Islandwood who comes back to us after teaching outdoor education in the Fall and Thomas is an IslandWood graduate student.
Other exciting news is that Leschi Elementary was awarded a $2000 grant from Whole Kids Foundation of which $1500 will be used to fund an outdoor educator for Fridays. Parent volunteers have already recruited an amazing outdoor educator, Morgan, who is finishing up her master gardener certificate and comes to us with a passionate interest for teaching gardening and cooking to elementary students.
For parents of 5th through middle schooler aged kids, Green Plate Special recently released information about summer camps for those out there looking for a great camp for their 4/5 graders. See http://greenplatespecial.org/.
All outdoor educators come to us with enthusiasm, a passion for teaching and a passion for connecting children to their natural world. We are extremely lucky to have found them!
Parent volunteer coordinators Kim Blakemore and Jana Robbins will continue to work with teachers to integrate routine outdoor education opportunities into the school day as well as assist outdoore educations in delivering of the curriculum.
Thank you to Principal Claytor, the PTA, parent volunteer Juli Hudson and to our new outdoor educators for making outdoor education happen at Leschi. Thank you Leschi Community Council for their continued support.
Below are some pictures of our recently spruced up garden where one of our tasks was to install beautiful ollas which will serve as our irrigation system for the summer. Read more about ollas at http://drippingspringsollas.com/
If interested in helping with outdoor education at Leschi Elementary contact Kim Blakemore, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Spring 2015!
Transplanted ollas will help keep our plants happy in the summer.
Tulips are growing in this unseasonably warm winter of ours!
Green Plate Special teacher Brian Robbins built thiis amazing herb spiral using bricks.