Join Us For the Green Apple Day of Service

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We are happy to report that progress is going extremely well in the NKE Arboretum! In fact, we believe we are getting close to meeting all the requirements to become a certified outdoor classroom as recognized by Nature Explore, which is a program by the Arbor Day Foundation. To that end, we’ll be working on some big projects this Saturday, which is the worldwide Green Apple Day of Service. On this day, coordinated by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), children, parents and staff around the world work on projects to make their schools greener.

At NKE we are focusing our efforts on:

• building a “tree cookie” patio
• installing signs identifying the designated different areas in the NKE Arboretum
• general cleanup
• beginning work on large-scale compost bins by the dumpster area that will handle daily compost from the school’s cafeteria.

Can you join us? Our volunteer days are always a fun way to accomplish something important for the school and meet other school families. Here’s the 411:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Bring: Work gloves, your kids, water (and wheelbarrows, if you have them)
Enter: School doors closest to the Arboretum will be open (by the 1st/2nd grade hallway)

We hope to see you there!

NKE’s Green Apple Day of Service 2013

Did you know that there is one day every year across the entire globe during which volunteers help make schools greener? This year’s Green Apple Day of Service was Saturday, Sept. 28, and here at Netherwood Knoll Elementary we again dedicated this day to making progress on our Arboretum. The gorgeous morning was more like summer than fall, and a great group of parents, NKE students and the always-energetic Principal Dan Rikli spent the morning filling up our new raised beds with beautiful dirt and doing more planting. Here are a few photos from the morning. THANK YOU to our volunteers! You did a great job! (You can see an interactive map of all the Green Apple Day of Service projects, from Oregon, Wis., to Africa to India to Australia, here.)

Big thanks go out to now-retired Oregon HS biology teacher Jack Mitchell for donating the beautiful hostas we planted.

Big thanks go out to now-retired Oregon HS biology teacher Jack Mitchell for donating the beautiful hostas we planted.

Those working hard at digging included our principal, Dan Rikli.

Those working hard at digging included our principal, Dan Rikli.

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NKE students digging hosta holes

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Our Visit from Mr. Soil!

Mr. Soil Jerry Tyler May 2013Our fourth-graders had an unusual visitor this week! This is “Mr. Soil” (aka Jerry Tyler), an Oregon resident and UW soil scientist who came to school to talk about soil in Wisconsin and educate the students about concepts to consider when planting a garden. Two fourth-grade classes worked to prepare the four raised beds and planter with the appropriate amount of compost. Due to the weather this week the actual planting is now scheduled for early next week.

Thanks, Mr. Soil, for visiting. We hope you come back again soon!

 

Visit from the Oregon Rotary

We were so happy today to host the Rotary Club of Oregon, Wis., for their meeting and for a tour of the progress in the NKE Arboretum. Last summer a donation from the Oregon Rotary was critical in our being able to buy the materials for the entry walkway and patio. This morning we were able to show them the progress in the last year, as well as some projects that are underway. A big thank you to all the Rotary members for their support!

Oregon Rotary President Jeanne Carpenter and Netherwood Knoll Elementary Principal on the new platform under construction in the NKE Arboretum.

Oregon Rotary President Jeanne Carpenter and Netherwood Knoll Elementary Principal Dan Rikli on the new platform under construction in the NKE Arboretum.

Netherwood Knoll Principal Dan Rikli discusses progress in the NKE Arboretum. (Cool fact: DId you know that in the stone patio you can find the continents of Pangaea, by the way?)

Netherwood Knoll Principal Dan Rikli discusses progress in the NKE Arboretum. (Cool fact: DId you know that in the stone patio where Mr. Rikli is standing you can find the continents of Pangaea?)

 

Spring Cleaning Was a Success!

We want to send out a huge thank you to our parents and students who joined NKE Principal Dan Rikli for our first volunteer work party of the year. We dubbed it “spring cleaning,” and although spring was nowhere in sight, we had a great turnout. That made short work of raking, prepping the area for the two new raised beds, prepping the “tree cookie” patio area and more. The space looks great and ready for spring, whenever that decides to make an appearance!

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