Last year in the spring of 2009 our school, Rye Jr. High created a garden in the back of our field. Our school librarian, Mrs. Coombs and Mr. Fortier the 8th grade social studies teacher came up with the idea of having a garden. They spent many hours before and after school working in and on the garden with student's help. One Saturday the school had a garden work day when anybody could come and help. Each grade helped with different things like planting seeds, weeding, spreading stones,watering and creating beds. Some of the teachers had their classes out in the garden and did activities relating to the garden and that subject. The 6th grade math teacher Mr. Scogin took his class and did things like finding out how many rocks are in the garden and each class made one or two of the garden beds.
We planted everything from seed. We started early and started seedlings in some classrooms then when the plants we bigger we moved them into the garden beds outside. In the garden we planted a big variety vegetables, fruits, herbs, gourds, flowers and other plants here and there. In tech ed 6th grade students made a scare crow and some were put in the garden. There were other cool creative decorations for some of the plants to climb on like beans. During the summer families could sign up for days to tend to the garden. While all the students and teachers were on summer vacation a lot happened to the garden. It grew so much, it was so green and colorful. The fall of this year ( a new school year ) we came up with the idea to have a harvest festival. In preparation for the harvest fest, each grade in place of some of our unified arts classes we learned how to contra dance. Students and teaches put a lot of work, time and effort to making to harvest fest fun and entertaining.
Film Fest/ Trash Digging -
For three Tuesdays in a row a women came in from the Rye Energy Committee to teach us different things and information about the environment and how we can help it. Mrs. Anderson came into each our our science classes and she showed a film. Each film was different and about the environment and how to help protect the environment. Some of the students volunteered to dig through the trash after a lot our classes that day. Two guys came form some organization that makes sure that the trash is trash and not stuff that could be used again or recycled. They taught us about recycling and composting and where trash goes where. The kids digging in the trash from that lunch wore gloves and plastic aprons and separated the trash in to three bins, compost, recycle and stuff that goes to a landfill. It was amazing to see how much we could have separated into the compostable and recyclable. After everything was separated we weighed the trash from each bin. Since then our school has started to be better about composting and recycling. We started to really use our compost bin again as the weather got warmer.