Community Partner Celebration: The second annual Community Partners Appreciation Breakfast was held at Hazen on May 15th. This year, Hazen has partnered with over 140 community members or entities (that’s amazing!!), and the thirty or so who were able to attend this breakfast included farmers, engineers, police officers, businesses, nonprofits, and more, all of whom engage with Hazen in some way to enrich the learning experiences of students, whether it be hosting interns, providing informational interviews, visiting as a guest speaker, or collaborating on school projects. A panel of students who shared about their experiences with community partnerships was a highlight of the morning, and it was clear that these relationships are of real and reciprocal value. The event was organized by the Partners In Learning team – if you would like to know more or get involved, please contact Reeve Basom or Jen Olson: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Pumpkin Planting Party! Last week, HES second graders hiked intrepidly through the rain to plant their pumpkin starts in the Hazen Greenhouse. Hazen High School students have been working hard to prepare the greenhouse space for planting and were on hand to work with their younger friends as baby pumpkin plants were carefully tucked into their warm new home. These pumpkins will become the supply for HES’s annual Pumpkin Walk in the fall, and the greenhouse will be growing tomatoes, melons, herbs and flowers for use by summer programs and the Hazen kitchen.
On May 23rd, some of the Hazen Students involved in the Greenhouse revitalization presented their work to peers from around the state at the VEEP Youth Climate Leaders Academy in Montpelier.
New ESY Summer Program: Also connected to the Hazen Greenhouse is an exciting new opportunity for OSSU students with Extended School Year Services (ESY) that is being piloted this year by the OSSU Student Services team. Located at Hazen, the program will make use of the greenhouse, the outdoor trails, and the home ec kitchen classroom to focus on student’s individual goals through hands on, experiential projects. Katie Black with UVM Extension will also be teaching a nutrition strand as a piece of this program.
Wolcott School’s Third Annual All School Spring Gardening Day!
- Raspberries for a new school patch donated by Bear Swamp Farm, harvested by 5th graders and transplanted by 6th
- Pumpkins planted by Kindergarten
- Cukes by 1st grade
- Greens, garlic, carrots and radishes by 3rd and 4th
- Beans and peas by 2nd
- So much hard work and so many smiles!
A final treat for this issue – check out these living willow play structures from Lakeview’s Playground!