Students at JB Edwards Elementary have been busy raising vegetables. Kindergarten students weeded their beds of beans and squash in August and 4th graders harvested sweet potatoes in early September as part of climate gardening. Students are minimizing carbon emitting inputs by growing their own food.
Congratulations to all the schools honored at our recent annual Midlands Green Step Award/Train/Update Session.
Pictured here are team leaders from Catawba ES, Meadow Glen ES and Harmony School.
Thanks to Seed Fairies Amy Dabbs and Alivia Gunter (pictured) of Clemson Extension and Judy and Curtis of Botanical Interests for seed packets to be shared among many school gardens in Richland and Lexington Counties. The seeds, distributed statewide through Clemson Extension, are donated by Botanical Interest, a Colorado family based company that provides seed packets designed to help gardeners succeed and create their own traditions. Featuring gorgeous botanical artists’ renderings of each variety, every packet provides a wealth of information. The owners consider their seed company as a “gardening education company that just happens to sell seeds.” The packets are like mini-encyclopedias, full of information to inspire and assist every type of gardener. Botanical Interest has a seed fundraising program, sells garden tools and heirloom seeds and even has tips and recipes to help you with your gardening project. So please check out www.Botanical Interest.com
REACH became the first Home School group to earn certification by the SC Green Step School initiative. Congratulations!
Montessori students at Pontiac ES recently presented 4 bedrolls to the Midlands Operation Bedroll project. Students made the plarn (plastic bag yarn) then enlisted help to crochet the bedrolls. Way to go Pontiac Montessori!!
Heather Reit, Green Step leader at Leaphart ES, helped educate people at the State Fair about the environmental and economic reasons to recycle. Now she is ready to educate students and staff back at her school. Learn what she learned at www.YourBottleMeansJobs.com
Green Steps Mentor, Chanda Cooper, taught Kindergarten students at A.C. Moore ES to make a vermi habitat with a used styrofoam cooler, damp torn newspapers, and some wonderful red wiggler worms.
Walhalla High School students monitor water quality on a stream that runs through the nature trail that they manage and enjoy.
Oakview Elementary School was named the 2018 Green Steps “Restore School of the Year” check out their website to see why–>https://sites.google.com/a/greenvilleschools.us/green-steps-program/
CrossRoads Intermediate School’s Recycling team shows their third September collection for the “Your Bottle Means Jobs” contest.