Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part One Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011 $500 Grant from Air & Waste Management Association • This project began with a $500 Grant from Air & Waste Management Association to Rosann Wattonville, science teacher, at Freedom Middle School for the Project: Do the Right Thing! Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Freedom Middle School 11445 Noriega Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93312 Ryan Wattonville’s Eagle Scout Project Ryan Wattonville, Mrs. Wattonville’s son, decided for his eagle scout project to get the garden going at Freedom Middle School. He came up with a plan to build square foot gardens with an irrigation drip system. • 6/14/10-He measured the garden and “before”photos were taken. •8/09/10-He spoke to principal Chuck Monaco, new principal at FMS about the square foot garden project. “Before” Photos of FMS Garden Ryan Wattonville planned the FMS Square Foot Garden Project •8/19/10 spoke to his scout master, Chris Eicher •8/09/10 spoke to his committee chairperson, Mike Clark •8/28/10 wrote letter to Home Depot for a discount for the square foot garden materials •8/28/10 spoke to Home Depot Manager Duran, about donation for supplies and he priced supplies at the store •8/30/10 bought 4x4 sq.. Ft. garden kits and supplies •8/27/10 spoke to Gina Moore, FMS campus supervisor and Chuck Monaco, Principal at FMS about getting a garden gate key to FMS Planning for Clean up of FMS Garden Area •For the work day a list of supplies and equipment were brought to FMS for the clearing the area •Organizers, leaders, and volunteers brought garden equipment and square foot garden kits to clean up and clear the area Eagle Scout Work Days •Ryan sent out an email to his troop and it was announced at his troop meetings that a work day was planned to cleared the garden area of weeds and trash. •Troop members signed up to attend •Mrs. Wattonville had a sign up of her students to help with clean up via the Roots and Shoots Club •Ryan planned the clean up of area with FMS’ custodian, Jerry First Work Day October 16, 2010 Area was Cleared of Weeds and Trash Boy Scout Troop 484 Freedom Middle Science Class-Roots and Shoots Club Working as a Team the Area was Cleared Breakfast Time Encountered an Obstacle Hornet’s Nest Clearing Out the Nest Hornet Nest Gathered and Bagged Debris Masks Were Needed for Flying Debris Hauled Trash Off to Dumpster Time for a Break Thirsty Time Finally- An Area Clean of Debris Watered Area to Get Ready for Square Foot Garden Kits Area Ready for Square Foot Garden Kits Lunch Time- Pizza Assemblying Square Foot Garden Kits Roots and Shoots Members Learning How to Work a Drill! Assemble Square Foot Garden Kits Kits are Coming Together Digging Trenches for Kits Rock for Drainage of Kits Layed in Trenches Kits are Coming Together At the Same Time Volunteers Were Also Weeding Rose Garden Area Learning How to Measure Learning How to Use the Pick Axe Ryan-Measuring Between Garden Boxes Square Foot Garden Kits are All in Place 1st Work Day a Success! October 16, 2010 • The square foot garden area was cleared of trash and debris and an unexpected hornet’s nest. • The ground was readied for the square foot garden kits. • The square foot garden kits were assembled and four were put in place. • Troop 484 troop members and their parents(several of whom are Chevron Employees) along with FMS Roots and Shoots Club members, their science teacher, and the school’s custodian volunteered for a total of 74.5 hours of service time. Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part Two Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011 2nd Work Day for Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project – October 23, 2010 • Researched soil mix to use in square foot garden boxes • We’ll use “Mel’s Mix”. Developed by square foot garden creator, Mel Bartholomew. It has all the nutrients, minerals, and trace elements that plants need, eliminating the need for fertilizer. Mel’s Mix: ▫ Simple formula 1/3 blended compost 1/3 peat moss 1/3 coarse vermiculite ▫ Mix equal parts of each measure by volume, not by weight Mixing Equal Parts for Mel’s Mix, Which is the Square Foot Garden Soil Mix All Together Now! Now, Shake it Up Measure & Cut Weed Cloth to Lay in Square Foot Gardens Adding Water to Soften the Dirt to Pound Down the Corner Pieces Laying Down Weed Cloth in Boxes Putting Mel’s Mix in Boxes Begin Assembly of Drip Irrigation System Weed Cloth is Now in All of the Boxes Digging Irrigation Trenches FMS Roots & Shoots Members Digging Trenches Boy Scout Troop 484 Digging Trenches Advice From FMS Custodian Laying Out the Grid for the Square Foot Garden The Trench is Coming Along! Irrigation Pipe is Glued and Assembled and Ready to Lay Out in the Garden Irrigation System is Branched to Square Foot Gardens Charlie Moe is Digging the Trench The Irrigation Pipe is in the Trench Now the Trench is Covered with Dirt. While the Square Foot Garden is Being Worked on, the Rose Garden is Being Weeded Too! The Trenches are Almost Covered. Wow, Look at it Now! The Grids are Placed on the Square Foot Gardens, Now Mel says we can call it a Square Foot Garden! All Grids are in Place Drip System is Connected to the Irrigation Water Line Roots and Shoots Members Add Some of the Emitters during Lunch Time The Second Work Day is Successful October 23, 2010 • The last two garden kits were assembled. • Weed cloth was measured and laid down in each box. • The boxes were filled with Mel’s Soil Mix. • The grids for the boxes were assembled and placed on each box with velcro. • The trenches for the water line were dug one foot deep with a pick axe. • The PVC pipe was assembled, glued together, and placed in the trenches. • The trenches were covered with soil. • Compression fittings were connected to the PVC water line leading to each box. • Drip lines were placed in each box and connected to each compression fitting. • A hose was connected to the outside water line and turned on to flush the system then the admitters placed in position. • The system was tested. Eagle Scout Project is signed off by Principal and Boy Scout Officials for Ryan Wattonville, senior at Liberty High School. Do the Right Thing: Keep it Clean and Promote School Pride by Going Green! Part Three Chevron’s Power of Student Energy Grant –City of Bakersfield Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Rosann Wattonville Freedom Middle School Jan. 31 to May 31, 2011 Was Awarded Funding from Region 8 STEM Service-Learning Consortium • Applied for and was notified Oct. 14, 2010 that my class project, around energy conservation, was selected to receive funding through the Region 8 STEM S-L Consortium Grant. California Regional Service-Learning Network Program • As a teacher-member of this new consortium in Region 8 teacher will receive • $750 stipend • 3-day STEM training in Rancho Cucamonga, Jan. 25, 26, 27, sub. Included • 1-day substitute for planning/preparation • Resources from the CalServe Team, Facilitator, and Network • Support in commitment to using the service-learning methodology California Regional Service-Learning Network Program • Teacher Responsibilities ▫ Participate in following STEM S-L Consortium activities Nov. 4,2010-”meet and Greet” videoconference Jan. 25 to 27, 2011-STEM Teacher training, expenses and sub. Costs covered by Region 8 STEM S-L Consortium grant March 2011-telephone conference –Q & A progress check, year closing status April/May-Regional Sharing/celebrating of outcomes GATE Class Planted Their Seeds before Christmas Break During Christmas Break GATE Class Made Observations and Nurtured Their Seedlings. They recorded their observations in their journals. This experiment gave them a good idea for what to plant in their Square Foot Gardens. STEM Service Learning Conference Jan. 25, 26, 27, Rancho Cucamonga “Reducing Our Carbon Footprints— Little Feats, Big Change” California Regional Service-Learning Network Program • Assist building the STEM S-L Team for the proposed project. • Your team is one of 16 regional STEM S-L Teams to consist of: ▫ STEM teacher from grades 6 12 integrating the servicelearning strategy as a teaching and learning strategy. ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Students A link to higher education Community partner Business partner and/or mentor for the teacher California Regional Service-Learning Network Program ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Students A link to higher education Community partner Business partner and/or mentor for the teacher • Freedom Middle School 7th & 8th grade students • Some Troop 484 students are in high school, including my son Ryan Wattonville who is a senior at Liberty High School • Boy Scout Troop 484 of Bakersfield • Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Club who my students are a members of and I’m the teacher sponsor • Some Chevron Employees • Michael Figueroa, KernServe Program Manager, Kern Co. Supt. of Schools STEM Service Learning Project FMS Square Foot Garden Project • Ryan Wattonville, for his eagle scout project, along with Boy Scout Troop 484 built and installed six square foot gardens along with a drip irrigation system. • Freedom Middle School Students and students who are members of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Club worked alongside Troop 484 to build and install the square foot gardens and the drip irrigation system. Saturday Work Days for Troop 484 Eagle Scout Project Saturday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm • Boy Scout Troop 484 members and parents worked alongside each other putting in the garden and drip irrigation system • Freedom Middle School Roots and Shoots Club members and some of their family members, as well as several FMS staff members also worked alongside the Troop putting in the garden and drip irrigation system. Mrs. Wattonville’s 7th Grade Class • All of Mrs. Wattonville’s students planned, planted and made observations of their plants growing in the square foot gardens. ▫ Students were divided in groups of four and each group was assigned one square foot of garden space to plant their seeds or seedlings. Evelyn Volunteered from Her Social Studies Class • Evelyn, an 8th grader from Mr. Saindon’s Social Studies Class worked all day during one of our Saturday Work Days. Saturday Work Days Feb. 12 and Mar. 19, 2011 from 9:00 to 3:30 pm • The Rose Garden and Square Foot Garden were cleared of weeds • Emitters were added to the drip irrigation system and the square foot gardens were readied for planting. 3rd Saturday Work Day Feb. 12, 2011 The Weeds Grew and Grew Volunteer8th Grader- Evelyn Clearing the Debris Volunteer Gina (waving) FMS Campus Supervisor Volunteers – Principal Chuck and son Working Together We Achieve More Finally Clear of Weeds Spraying for Weeds around the Square Foot Garden Area Now-We’ll Clear the Weeds in the Rose Garden Look at This Giant Weed Volunteer Pedro and Aunt Breakfast Break Hauling Trash Off 3rd Saturday Work Day was Successful Feb. 12 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm • It was a productive day of FMS Roots and Shoots Members clearing the weeds in both the square foot garden area and the rose garden area. • Pedro and his mom worked the longest, until 4:00 pm helping us clear the area. 4th Saturday Work Day, March 19th, 2011 • Weeded, laid bark chips to control weeds, and added emitters to drip system Bulk Yard dropped off Wood Chips and donated a wheel barrel Roots and Shoots Student Volunteers Chandler, Thun, and Christian Volunteer Principal Monaco and his family Jacob and Thun Load Up Trash Volunteer FMS Staff-Gina and Valerie Volunteer-Kathy, Life Skill Teacher Volunteers- Gina and Brad Together We Accomplish More Finally, Clear and Ready for Bark Scooping the Bark Freedom Middle School Garden Fertilizing the Roses Spreading Bark Around Square Foot Gardens Teamwork is Best for Getting it Done Staff Working Together is Fun Superman Helps “Little Guys” Serving Others Two Scoops Work best. A Rake Works Great Too. A Family Who Serves Ryan Checks How His Eagle Scout Project is Going Students Add the Emitters to the Drip Irrigation System Fruitvale Student, Grant’s Cousin, is Weeding the Roses Kristian Plants His ColeusScience Fair Project He compared asexual and sexual development when propagating plants. Kristian did this by planting Coleus seeds and a Coleus cutting then compared their growth. Wow! It Looks Great! First Plants to be Planted in Garden NEXT – STUDENTS PLANT THEIR PLANTS IN THE SQUARE FOOT GARDENS • Students took a pretest over Standard 2, Ch. 5 and 6 on Genetics and the overall average was a 50%. • Then Students studied the Chapter, researched what to plant, how to plant, plotted their area, and planted their seeds or seedlings in their 1” x 1” foot square foot garden. • Students took a post test over Standard 2, Ch. 5 and 6 on Genetics and the overall average was an 80%. Buying Plants at Lowes GATE-Period 6 Period 6 Planting in the Garden Period 1 Planting Their Gardens Period 4 and Period 7 Period 7 Period 6 Period 6 and 8 Period 8 and Period 6 Period 8 Period 8 and Period 4 Gardens are Planted Planted Gardens The Rest of the Gardens Rosann The Square Foot Gardens are Planted! Recent Garden Pictures More Recent Pics of Garden Chevron Power of Student Energy Grant • I wrote an additional grant for a Chevron Power of Student Energy Grant. • This allowed me to buy the bark to put around the square foot gardens, seedlings from Lowes that my students planted, and refreshments for one of the Saturday Work days. • To help defer the costs, several students brought in seed packets to plant. • I didn’t have enough to buy a composter, a small shed, items needed for communicating and assessing or funds needed to develop a plot plan. Plans for an Ongoing Project • I plan to write another grant to buy the items that I wasn’t able to buy. • I’m in arrears and am hoping if there is unclaimed grant monies that I might be able to receive some of those funds. My Students Love to Work in the Garden • My students ask every day if they can go to the garden. • When we do go to the garden we take our rulers, and measure the growth and make observations in our journals when we return to our classroom. • We also water our plants with warm water that is left in a bucket in our garden to help nurture our plants along. The Connections Students Make • Students’ experiences growing plants helps them in making connections and understanding what they learn about genetics, structure and function in living systems. Thanks • Thanks are extended to all of my students, their family members, principal- Chuck Monaco and his family, our campus supervisor Gina and her husband Brad, our teachers, Betsy, Valerie, Kathy, Melissa A. for donating the roses, our custodians, especially Jerry for showing up on Saturdays, and making sure the garden was watered, my son Ryan, for completing his eagle project and building the square foot gardens and putting in the drip irrigation system for the square foot gardens, and finally to my husband Tom for his continuing support, expertise, but mostly for his loving guidance. Special Thanks to my Husband Tom “Shoots” “Shoots are weak, but to reach the light they can break open brick walls.” as quoted from Jane Goodall founder of the International Service Learning ClubRoots and Shoots.