The Dayton Green Apple Day of Service took place on Friday October 7th at Horace Mann Elementary School, a Dayton Public School. The event improved upon Horace Mann’s existing learning garden, which is already an important part of the school’s curriculum, by enlarging the garden and adding an outdoor classroom. The service day was a collaboration between the USGBC, Wright State University’s School of Education and the Five Rivers MetroParks Community Gardening Program, with funding also provided by Whole Foods. The group of 25+ volunteers demolished the old, deteriorating garden beds, constructed two large new raised beds from block and filled them with garden soil, added two rain barrels and bird feeders, and mulched a large area for the outdoor “classroom” with repurposed stumps for student seating.
We had fantastic turn-out with folks from the USGBC, WSU, Five Rivers MetroParks, and a large number of students, staff and parents from Horace Mann participating. The group made quick work, finishing the project in 3 hours, and then enjoying hotdogs together afterwards courtesy of the school. The Chapter paid for the garden soil and various garden supplies for the projects.
Enjoy the pictures of the event, below: