By Maureen "Moe" Dugan - Program & Development Director
Reused Milk Containers with Starter Seeds!
Earth day is an incredibly meaningful day for Portland After-School Tennis & Education. We are always looking for ways to bring peace to our community and also spend a portion of our extended learning summer program learning about what we can do to save Endangered Animals and the Environment.
This April we read about young adults and children who have made big changes in their world: one built a windmill in his village in Africa in order to bring electricity to his neighbors, another started a campaign to plant 1 million trees: to date, that project has planted 1 BILLION TREES! We also read about the Greenhouse Gas effect, and how energy is produced. Our coaches are pretty amazing at finding engaging reading materials for all of our K-6th grade scholar athletes.
We've made it a year round habit at PAST&E to recycle and compost every day, but this month we were looking for more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle so we started a few projects! First off, we got seeds started for the PAST&E Garden, planting them in our single serving milk cartons that each student gets every day at PAST&E in their healthy snack. And to really get the garden going, we received Broccoli, Peas and Lettuce from Portland Nursery which we planted this weekend! The PAST&E Families are tending to the new starters and we hoping to plant them in a few weeks! To keep our planting schedule on track we've also received help from students at University of Portland and Oregon Health and Sciences University who've helped us prioritize our garden in the busy PAST&E schedule! Thank you to each of these groups for their help!
And finally, we saved up our paper and plastic recycled materials to use for a recycled art project with the theme: Imaginary Animals! And the results were some of the cutest animals we've seen!
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