The Dayton Green Apple Day of Service took place on Saturday, Sept 27th at echoingU Dayton, a school for special needs and developmentally disabled adults. echoingU is a post secondary option for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 30. Their college-like program gives their students experienced-based learning opportunities to prepare them for the workforce or post-secondary school. Students leave echoingU with a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and business contacts and the soft skills they need to be competitive for employment. One of the experience-based opportunities echoingU offers is an on-site community garden, operated in cooperation with the Five Rivers MetroParks Community Gardening Program. This year, our Chapter partnered with Five Rivers MetroParks and echoingU to improve and grow the school garden, which is already an important part of the school curriculum and well loved by the students.
We completed two efforts: 1) Repair/rehab two well-loved raised beds already used at the school, and 2) Construct a new raised bed out of concrete block to expand the Community Garden Program. Our Chapter also donated money to the school to buy miscellaneous gardening tools the school needs to enable more students to work in the garden, and to buy plants for the garden in the Spring.
We had fantastic turn-out with folks from the Chapter, Five Rivers MetroParks, and a large number of students, staff and parents from echoingU participating. The group make quick work, finishing the project in 2.5 hours, and then enjoying pizza and watermelon together afterwards. One teams emptied, de-constructed and rehabbed several existing raised beds, while another built four new concrete block beds and filled them with soil, compost and mulch provided by Five Rivers MetroParks. The Chapter paid for the block, repair materials, lumber and food for the projects.
Enjoy the pictures of the event, below: