Center for Green Schools
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Seattle for our very first Day of Service project. I joined the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders and Seattle Storm, along with Washington Green Schools and Seattle Public Schools, the Green Sports Alliance, Skanska, community volunteers and students from Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth High School to conduct a service project to gain momentum leading up to the official Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 29.
The goal for the day was to expand the garden. We were tasked with building three plant beds and filling them with compost, soil, and plants, installing shelves in the tool shed and building a few benches. There were 22 middle and high school students there to join including the garden clubbers and some of the school’s athletes, new Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda, an amazing crew from Skanska, the Washington Green Schools program, Cedar Grove Composting who even donated a truckload of composted soil, as well as players past and present from the Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders and Storm.
|Helping Lucas Luetge with our project
This project realized everything Day of Service has the potential to be:
- A diverse group of students engaged and excited to get dirty and learn new things.
- Community organizations and companies partnering together for a great cause (including local celebs!)
- Local media coverage - West Seattle Herald as well as a couple of local news outlets and the sports radio station
- Hard work with tangible results and something the community put their sweat into, will maintain, and be proud of.
Thanks to everyone who made this day such a success, and we're look forward to many more projects like this to come!