Washington-Hoyt Elementary School PTA(253) 571-5700
Home of the Cougars!
If you have just ONE hour to volunteer this year here's the opportunity for you!!
What's the project? We're starting the W-H lunch compost program to collect all waste food. Instead of being dumped in the landfill it will be sent for composting and turned back into useful soil. What does the volunteer do? Help ensure the program's success! Stand by the two garbage bins--one for garbage, one for waste food--and remind kids to separate their waste food from their garbage during the 4th/5th grade and 3rd grade lunches, 12:30 to 1:30. Why's this important? Food is heavy and is by far the biggest component of the school's garbage by weight. Since we're charged for garbage by weight, landfilling food is a HUGEwasteofmoney! Waste food is valuable organic matter. Let's return it to the land, not lock it up in a landfill. How do I sign up? Just click on the link below. It will take you to the on-line calendar and you can click on the day that you'd like to volunteer. http://www.helpersignup.com/viewsheet.php?type=2&sheet=bf2bb748c44e234a0b1cecbd6053a114 If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Drum! School Garden The Green Schools Committee has completely renovated the Washington campus garden, located on the school’s north-east corner (opposite the Post Office.) Planter boxes have been weeded and classes will have outside lessons that day planting veggies and flowers for Food Bank donations. New planter boxes are being constructed for around the fence to hold climbers like sweet pea and sunflower, and the mound is being planted with natives and perennials to attract wildlife. A barrier between the teachers’ parking lot and the garden is being planted with sweet-smelling rosemary and lavender. There’s a compost barrel for weeds.
Please stop by anytime to see what we and the students have done. Seasonal starts and seeds would also be welcome in June and September. Planting a garden teaches our kids so much about the environment, science, where food comes from and self-sufficiency.
Love gardening? We are always looking for someone to help out with both the Washington and the Hoyt gardens. General maintenance, help with harvesting, assisting teachers with their classroom gardens...contact Rosemary Ponnekanti 761-8324 if you are interested.