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Green Apple Day of Service at Broad Acres

Posted by brandnuheavy on September 29, 2012

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Green Apple Day of Service volunteers in front of Broad Acres ES.

The grounds and playground at Broad Acres Elementary School got a wonderful facelift this morning thanks to the almost 100 volunteers who descended upon the school for the Green Apple Day of Service.

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Even the youngest children pitched in, with a little help from mom.

Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) Council.  Saturday, September 29th marked the inaugural Day of Service.  For one day, students, teachers, parents and elected officials, as well as international green building councils, USGBC chapters, member companies and more, come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools, by taking action in their communities.  Day of Service projects happened all across the country and around the world!

IMPACT was grateful for the opportunity to partner with CHF International, Silver Spring Green, the U.S. Green Building Council, and staff at Broad Acres to bring the beautification project to the school.

For its part, IMPACT Silver Spring recruited Broad Acres families—many of whom participate in the Long Branch Athletic Association program—to come out and help with the various improvement projects.  Moms, dads, and kids spanning all ages (older kids received Student Service Learning hours) came out to pitch in.

The projects included:

  • Cleaning the dirt and mud off the blacktop at the back of the school so the children have a larger area to play
  • Installing lumber along the edge of the blacktop to improve drainage
  • Painting four-square courts and re-striping other areas on the blacktop
  • Cleaning up trash along the edge of the woods

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    Kids paint a new hopscotch board.

By the end of the two hour project, which lasted from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, children had a larger play area (about 1,000 square feet of reclaimed blacktop!) complete with newly painted areas to play chess, four-square, and hopscotch.  In addition, more than 25 bags of trashed were collected and sorted for recycling or disposal!

Today was just the beginning of an ongoing partnership with Broad Acres.  I’m sure that all are in agreement with Assistant Principal  Bob Geiger who said, “This wonderful event gives us an excellent foundation on which to build a lasting partnership.  There are other, even more exciting projects that await.”

Here are more pictures from today’s event!

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Volunteers prep the chess board for painting.

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Middle schoolers pitch in and help out!

Volunteers filled more than 25 trash bags!

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